Colorado Alternate Assessments (CoAlt) and DLM

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.

Administration Window 2018-19

DLM English Language Arts and Math: Coming soon!
Note: DLM will serve as the alternate assessment for the 9th grade PSAT, the 10th grade PSAT and the 11th grade SAT.

CoAlt Science and Social Studies: Coming soon!


Will be posted when available.


Please reach out to your school or the Family and Community Helpline: 720-423-3054

Opting Out of Assessments

Parents who wish to excuse their student from participation in one or more of the state assessments may do so by filling out the district’s parent opt-out application.  The application is available to parents through the Parent Portal through the end of February.  Parents are encouraged to discuss the process with their school principal.