The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations
In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although consensus was not always reached, the task force made a broad number of recommendations including:
Eliminate state-mandated tests in 12th grade;
Eliminate state-mandated tests in 11th grade except for a college entrance exam;
Fulfill high school science assessment requirements with an augmented college entrance exam, such as the ACT;
Consider whether to continue state-mandated ELA and math exams at 9th grade;
Consider whether to continue state-funded social studies tests in 4th and 7th grades;
Administer ELA and Math assessments at 10th grade to fulfill state and federal requirements;
Provide paper and pencil options for all tests; and
Proactively address parent and student opt outs.
The task force also made several recommendations to reduce Kindergarten testing.