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Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Science and Social Studies


Sara Loerzel
Assessment Unit 
(303) 866-3266

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Spring 2014

Practice Environment

Practice testing environments, also referred to as ePATs (electronic Practice Assessment Tools), help to familiarize students with the testing environment. Districts are strongly encouraged to give students time to practice the tests before actual testing.  The practice environment will help students navigate through the testing environment and use the embedded supports.


The frameworks list the percent representation and number of score points for each of the reporting categories/standard areas that will appear on the summative assessments. They also specify the Evidence Outcomes that are eligible for inclusion on the state assessments. Topics explicitly identified in the Social Studies standards are legitimate content for the assessment in addition to the standards' concept and skills.

CDE has incorporated feedback on the draft versions of the frameworks from content experts and educators in the field to create the final versions. Small shifts in distribution of points were made across Social Studies standards in grade 4 and Science standards in grades 5 and 8. In addition to a shift in the distribution of points in high school Social Studies, changes were made to the assessable content in high school civics and economics. 

frameworks last updated 6/10/2013

PearsonAccess Trainings

Trainings are open to all districts, with invitations sent to District Assessment Coordinators (DACs). Districts participating in Spring Field Testing must attend appropriate sessions as indicated on the table below. Other districts may attend at their own discretion. Recordings of the spring 2013 trainings are available on the PearsonAccess support website.

Invitation to be included in the Educator Pool

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If you are interested in participating in assessment development committees, please access the Educator Database questionnaire.

High School Social Studies and Science Assessment Administration

The high school, CMAS, science and social studies assessments will be administered to 12th grade students in the fall.

The administration window is November 3, 2014 - November 21, 2014. 

Spring 2014 Student Data Upload 

Spring 2014 CMAS/CoAlt: Science and Social Studies Student Data Upload (SDU) File Layout

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