Test scores to be released in December

By Pat Sunderland

State-level results are back from the first administration of Colorado's new tests in English language arts and math. The tests were administered last spring, and were submitted electronically with the intention of providing schools and parents with timely feedback. But in the first year of implementation, school-and district-level results won't be released to the public until December.

"From what I gather from recent training, next year's tests won't be available the first of June either," said Kurt Clay, assistant superintendent of Delta County Joint School District #50.

Given to public school students in grades three through high school in spring 2015, the tests were the first statewide measure of the more rigorous Colorado Academic Standards, which were fully implemented in all schools in the 2013-14 school year. The Colorado Academic Standards set rigorous, grade-level expectations in 10 content areas, and they include the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math.