The Colorado Alternate Assessments (CoAlt) is a standards-based assessment designed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities and is meant to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The CoAlt assesses a student’s performance in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

The CoAlt Science Assessment is administered to students in grades 5 and 8.  The CoAlt Social Studies Assessment is administered to students in grades 4 and 7.  Both of these assessments are paper/pencil with the test examiner administrating the assessment one on one to the student and then entering their responses online in PearsonAccess.

The CoAlt:DLM English Language Arts and Math Assessment are both computer adaptive assessments with the test examiner administering the assessment one on one to the student.  Depending on the student’s level of independence and physical ability, either the student or the test examiner will enter the responses into the computer.

CoAlt Science & Social Studies Test Administration Window Dates
Science Grades: 5, 8 & 11
Social Studies Grades: 4, 7 & 11

DLM English Language Arts & Math Test Administration Window Dates
Grades 3-11 (DLM will serve as the alternate assessment for the 9th grade PSAT, the 10th grade PSAT and the 11th grade SAT)

DLM Website

ARE Contact:
Karen Lutz

Resources for CoAlt Administration