As we get closer to the end of the school year, your child will soon participate in the state assessments called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). CMAS tests are the year-end state common measurement to see how well students’ met expectations in English language arts, math, science and social studies.
The state window for giving these assessments this year is April 12- May 14. In a typical year, students in grades 3-8 take English language arts and math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 take science, and students in grades 4 and 7 take social studies. We are aware that many conversations regarding state assessment administration this spring are occurring. As of today, state and federal assessment requirements remain in place. If any changes are made from the state or federal government, we will make adjustments and communicate that information.
These tests are very important and we ask for your help in encouraging your child to do his/her very best. These tests are also a good measure for parents to know how well their child is performing compared to the district and state’s expectations. They show how each student’s results compare to other students around the district and state.
Most of these tests will be given to students on the computer. During testing, it is very important that your student brings their district assigned Chromebook with them every day.
As a parent/guardian, you also have the right per state statute to excuse your student from participating in state assessments. Should you choose this, there will be no negative consequences placed on you, your student, or your family. If you would like to excuse your student from the state CMAS assessment this year, please complete the following form. If you have any questions about excusing your student from the CMAS assessment, please contact your school principal.
To learn more about state assessments and parents rights, read the Adams 14 Guide to Colorado State Assessments (English | Spanish).
We will be hosting two family informational nights about state assessments. The meetings will be held on March 11 and April 6 both from 6:00-7:00PM. Click here to view the flyer.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or assistant principal.
Jamie Ball and Michelle Genaro
Adams 14 Assessment Department