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CMAS - Science and Social Studies Assessments

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Sara Loerzel
Assessment Unit
303-866-3266
loerzel_s@cde.state.co.us


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Data and Results Available for the 2014 Science and Social Studies Assessment


Fall 2014

The High School CMAS: Science and Social Studies assessments will be administered to 12th graders this fall. The administration window is November 3 - November 21, 2014.

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.


Performance Levels and Policy Claims including Cut Scores

Each Performance Level of the CMAS Science and Social Studies assessments has a high level policy claim associated with it. This policy claims gives a general idea of what is expected of a student at each level regardless of their grade level. The Strong and Distinguished Command levels are on track for College and Career Readiness. 

Students taking the CMAS Science and Social Studies assessments are given an overall scale score that ranges from 300-900. Colorado educators set cut scores for each performance level based on the specific content that students should be able to engage with at each Performance Level. The cut scores were then adopted by the State Board of Education in August, 2014.


Grade Level Specific Performance Level Descriptors


Frameworks

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.

 

Spring 2014 CMAS Standards, PGCs, and GLEs


PearsonAccess Trainings


Unique Accommodations Request

If a student with a disability or an English learner requires an accommodation that is not listed in the  the CMAS: Science and Social Studies Accommodations Supplement, and does not change the construct being measured by the test, the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) may request approval for use of the accommodation using the Unique Accommodations Request form. If approved, the accommodation must be listed in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan for a student with a disability; and if appropriate, an English Learner (EL) plan, for an English learner.  Unique Accommodations must be requested an approved for each testing year.

To request approval for a unique accommodation, this form must be completed and submitted to the Assessment Unit of the Colorado Department of Education by the DAC no later than December 15 to ensure a timely state response is received. A copy of this form must be kept in the student’s file and, if appropriate, retained at the district office.


Invitation to be included in the Educator Pool

View more information about the Educator Pool

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

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