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Colorado Measures of Academic Success

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, is the state summative assessment for language arts, math, science and social studies. CMAS is aligned to the state’s rigorous academic standards and designed to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and are prepared for their next grade.

CMAS English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment questions were originally developed as a result of a collaboration between The Colorado Department of Education and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). The Colorado Department of Education has worked with Colorado educators to develop state specific test items to appear on CMAS ELA and math assessments, starting in Spring 2019. CMAS science, social studies, and the Spanish language arts assessments were developed by a collaboration between The Colorado Department of Education, testing contractor Pearson, and Colorado educators.

The state of Colorado provides alternate assessments in the same content areas as CMAS – language arts, math, science and social studies. Visit the CoALT page for information about these alternate assessments.

Administration Details

CMAS Assessment Tested Grade Who is required to test? Testing Dates
Mathematics 3-8 All April 6 – April 241
English Language Arts (ELA) 3-8 All April 6 – April 241
Spanish Language Arts (CSLA) 3, 4 Identified ELLs5 April 6 – April 241
Science 5, 8, 11 All April 6 – April 242
Social Studies 4, 7, 11 4, 7, 11 (selected Schools4) April 6 – April 242, 3

Administration Window 2019-20

The official CMAS testing window is April 6-April 24, however earlier testing is available for specific assessments and grades.

Results

CMAS Results: School/District

Find assessment results for your child’s school or district.

CMAS Results:  Individual

Find assessment results for your child. (under “Student Assessments” on your Parent Portal homepage)

CMAS Performance Levels and Policy Claims including Cut Scores: ELA/Math | Science/Social Studies

Earlier testing is available for specific assessments and grades:
1Schools may begin computer-based testing for Mathematics and ELA (including CSLA) as early as March 16, excluding March 30- April 3 when the district is closed for Spring All testing must be complete by April 24.
2Science and Social Studies for elementary and middle schools may only be administered from April 6-April 24.
3High schools may opt-in to an early science and social studies testing window of March 23 -April 10.
4Social Studies is administered on a sampling basis in one-third of all elementary, middle schools and high.
5Students who take CSLA do not also take ELA.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of CMAS?

CMAS is aligned to the state’s rigorous academic standards and designed to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and are prepared for their next grade.  CMAS results provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, teachers, parents, and the community. Results show how students are progressing academically, which is a key component to ensuring students are on track to graduate prepared for college and career. Teachers use CMAS results to enhance instruction in order to meet individual student needs. Schools and districts use CMAS results to make adjustments to instructional programming for the following year.

Who takes CMAS?

CMAS is given to students in the following grades and subjects:

  • English language arts (Grades 3-8).  A Spanish Language Arts test, known as CSLA, is given in place of the English language arts test to identified 3rd and 4th grade English language learners.
  • Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
  • Science (Grade 5, 8, 11)
  • Social Studies (Grade 4, 7, 11 in selected schools)

How will students be tested?

CMAS is primarily an online test with an option for a paper/pencil test for students with accommodations or schools with limited technology available.

How can we prepare our students for CMAS?

CMAS measures skills and knowledge that students have been learning throughout the school year. Through classroom instruction, teachers often provide students with multiple experiences taking this type of assessment. Visit this website for practice tests and instructional resources to help teachers and students prepare for CMAS.

When will CMAS results be available?

Results are released by the state in early Fall with schools sending home Student Performance Reports (SPRs) shortly thereafter.

Resources

A Parent’s Guide to the Colorado Measures of Academic Standards (CMAS)
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Supporting Student Success
English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Amharic | Arabic | Burmese | French | Nepali | Russian | Somali

CMAS Performance Levels and Policy Claims including Cut Scores
ELA/Math | Science/Social Studies

Understanding the Score Report

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CMAS Sample Score Report: Math
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CMAS Sample Score Report: English
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General Assessment Resources
Assessment Purposes and District Policies
DPS Assessment Strategy
Assessment Window Calendar

Opting Out of Assessments

Families 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 opt-out application in Parent Portal from October to February. You may still opt out by scheduling an appointment with your principal or AP and request the Assessment Participation Exemption form to be printed off for you to sign (if your student has not begun taking tests). You may also write a letter and bring it with you to the meeting. If you have more than one child, you will need to fill out the form or write a letter for each child to opt out.

We encourage our students to participate in all assessments because they provide valuable information to families and educators that show whether students have mastered grade-level content and are on track to graduate prepared for the 21st century. Results from these assessments inform where Denver Public Schools can improve curriculum, instruction and leadership in order to ensure that every child receives an equitable education and is on a path to success.