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.