District Required Assessments

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District Required Assessments

Content: Math and Writing
Dates: October, December, May
Format: Written assessment, Multiple Choice and Constructed Response

Purpose: The Interim assessments measure students’ achievement of key Essential Learning Goals and Common Core State Standards. It is designed to inform teachers’ instruction by assessing important learning goals throughout a grade level and measuring content in alignment with the district Scope and Sequence time frames. It also provides summative information at the end of the year.


The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) was passed by the Colorado legislature and went into effect on July 1, 2013. This law focuses on K-3 literacy development and includes requirements for assessment, individualized READ plans for students reading Significantly Below Grade Level (SBGL), and specifics around parent communication and involvement. CDE will be collecting READ Act information yearly.

DPS currently supports Istation as its READ Act assessment in grades K-8. Brown International uses iStation as a monthly monitoring tool. iStation also supports students with additional intervention support. 

State Required Assessments

Content: Reading, Writing, Math for (3rd-5th), Social Studies (4th), Science (5th)
Dates: March (R, W, M), April (SS, S)
Format: Written assessment, Multiple Choice and Constructed Response (R, W, M)
Computer assessment (SS, S)

Purpose: The CMAS is designed to determine the level at which students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards, which describe what students should know and be able to do at specific grade levels. This assessment gives a snapshot of where your child stands in relation to these educational standards. It also measures the progress of Colorado students over time.