Department of Education releases test dates

Parents encouraged to help prepare students for assessment


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— The Colorado Department of Education and Moffat County School District are urging parents to help students prepare for Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.

The tests begin later this month and end in April.

"We strongly encourage parents to be familiar with the CSAP administration schedule in their district so they can make sure this is a successful experience for their child, the teacher and their school," Jo O'Brien, Department of Education Office of Standards and Assessment assistant commissioner, wrote in a news release.

Joel Sheridan, school district assistant superintendent, said successful test results begin at home.

"Planning activities so that students get plenty of rest (and) eat well : make testing conditions more favorable," Sheridan said.

CSAP testing, one of several school accountability measures, determines whether students are meeting grade-level standards.

"The CSAP results are a part of the complete body of evidence that determine each student's academic progress," O'Brien wrote.

Every year, students in third through 10th grades take tests in reading, writing and mathematics.

Fifth-, eighth- and 10th-grade students also are required to take an assessment in science, Sheridan said.

Students in third through 10th grades are required by state law to take CSAP testing.

After the Department of Education establishes a timeframe in which the tests must be administered, individual schools create their own testing schedules, Sheridan said.

This year, third-grade students can begin taking the CSAP reading test on Feb. 18. Schools must finish administering the test by Feb. 28.

Remaining tests in other grades must be completed between March 10 and April 11.

The district's schools will schedule make-up tests and modified tests for students with disabilities within those days.

In its guide to parents, the Department of Education suggested several ways parents could help their students prepare for CSAP testing:

• Make homework a priority by establishing a time and quiet place for students to study after school.

• Set a regular routine for homework and recreational time at home.

• Make sure the child is getting adequate rest and nourishment the day before the test.

A CSAP guide for parents is available at the Department of Education's Web site at

For more information about test dates or CSAP training, call individual schools.


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