OverviewThe Connecticut Summative Assessment system includes the following assessments:
- The Connecticut Smarter Balanced Assessment for students in Grades 3 through 8.
- The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) assessment for students in Grades 5, 8, and 11.
- The Connecticut SAT School Day for students in Grade 11.
- The Connecticut Alternate Assessment System:
- Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for English Language Arts and Mathematics in Grades 3 through 8 and 11, and
- Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS) Assessment in Grades 5, 8, and 11.
- The English Language Proficiency assessment (LAS Links) in Grades K - 12 for English learners.
- The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment in Grades 4, 6, 8, and high school.
- The Kindergarten Entrance Inventory is administered to kindergarten students.
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
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 Learning, Engaging Families, Building a Community in the Classroom, Creating Interactive and Inclusive Lessons, Modeling 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.
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
- 2019-20 - Connecticut's Summative Assessment System - Assessment Policy Overview - This resource outlines the general policies of the Connecticut State Department of Education for all state summative assessments that are administered to Connecticut public school students.
Public Assessment Results
- Public results for state summative assessments can be found on EdSight
District Secure Assessment Results
- Smarter Balanced Results: Secure Student Results (via CRS)
- Connecticut SAT School Day: Student Score Portal
- Alternate Assessment System Results (CTAA and CTAS): Secure Student Results (via CRS)
- LAS Links: Secure Students Results (via DRC Secure Site)
United States Department of Education Peer Review Status Letters
- Connecticut Smarter Balanced Assessment
- Connecticut SAT School Day
- The Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA)
- English Language Proficiency Assessment
- Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS) Assessment - CSDE submitted for peer review for this assessment in July 2020.
- The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment - CSDE submitted for peer review for this assessment in July 2020.