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The Connecticut Summative Assessment system includes the following assessments:

2020 - 21 Assessment Calendar

Content Areas (s) Assessment Grade (s) Testing Window
English Language Proficiency: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing LAS Links  K-12 January 4–March 5, 2021
English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics Connecticut Smarter Balanced  3–8 March 29–June 4, 2021
Connecticut SAT School Day  11 Primary Test Dates: March 24 or April 13, 2021 Makeup Dates: April 27 and 28, 2021
Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA)  3–8 and 11 March 29–June 4, 2021
Science NGSS Assessment  5, 8, and 11 February 1–June 4, 2021 (Grade 11) March 29–June 4, 2021 (Grades 5 - 8)
Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS)   5, 8, and 11 March 29–June 4, 2021

Physical Fitness Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment 4, 6, 8, and high school  Anytime during the school year
Language skills, Literacy skills, Numeracy skills, Physical/Motor skills, Creative/Aesthetic skills, and Personal/Social skills Kindergarten Entrance Inventory  kindergarten

Snapshot Date: 10/15/2020 Submission Due Date: 12/09/2020 

2020 - 21 Resources

Assessment and Accountability in 2020-21

Sensible Assessment Resources and Support: The CSDE developed three documents to support educators during the reopening and closing of schools: Sensible Assessment Practices; Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together; and Plan for Re-imagining Connecticut Classrooms for Continuous Learning. In the Sensible Assessment Practices Webinar Series, we provided short, focused video presentations to reinforce and supplement the information in the documents. Now we are providing a new, interactive site on Sparks for Sensible Assessment Resources and Support to provide detailed information and interactive resources to support teachers and administrators educating students in-person or remotely in the 2020-21 school year. This new format is a fluid one that will change and grow with new information and resources, or new recommendations as the needs of our constituents change.

This new site has content in topic-specific sections that can be accessed by clicking on the underlined, hyperlinked words within the site. The sections currently available are Gathering Data, Incorporating Social-Emotional LearningEngaging Families, Building a Community in the ClassroomCreating Interactive and Inclusive LessonsModeling a Grade 5 Unit, and Assessment and Instruction. Within each section are videos and resources. All documents, references, and videos are either included for immediate accessibility or hyperlinked. Our intent is to lessen the burden on teachers, and we hope you will use these suggestions and resources to facilitate meaningful and intentional planning and delivery of instruction for in-person and remote learning in the year ahead.

Sensible Assessment Practices Webinar Series - This webinar series, consisting of short, topic-specific focal areas, was developed to support district administrators and teachers in preparation for this school year 2020-21. Sessions complement the Sensible Assessment Practices document and embed key information contained in the guiding documents, Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together, and Plan for Re-imagining Connecticut Classrooms for Continuous Learning.

2019 - 20 Summative Assessment Calendar

The CSDE submitted a waiver to the United States Department of Education (USED) on March 20, 2020, in regard to federal assessment and accountability requirements.  The CSDE received formal approval on March 27, 2020 from the USED that Connecticut can begin to implement the provisions in this waiver which includes no summative testing (Smarter, NGSS, CT SAT, CTAA and CTAS) and no Next Generation Accountability for the 2019-20 school year.  Since many students in Grade 11 use the Connecticut SAT School Day for college acceptance/placement, the CSDE will work closely with the College Board to determine how best to afford all students the opportunity to take an SAT assessment either this spring or sometime in the future.

Due to the school closures related to the COVID 19 and the subsequent assessment/accountability waiver from the USED, the administration of the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment is cancelled for the remainder of the 2019 – 20 school year.  The CSDE will not be collecting and reporting any Physical Fitness Assessment results for the 2019-20 school year, including assessments that have already been administered.

Assessment Policy Overview  

Special Population Resources

Public Assessment Results

  • Public results for state summative assessments can be found on EdSight

District Secure Assessment Results

United States Department of Education Peer Review Status Letters