Colorado Assessments for 2016
Colorado students in the third through ninth grade will take state tests, known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, this spring. In April, 10th-graders will take the PSAT and 11th-graders will take the ACT.
These handouts can help school leaders explain changes in state tests to parents and educators.
- Three Things to Know: Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) (PDF)
- Purpose and Value of State Assessments (PDF)
- Introducing the PSAT and SAT in Colorado (PDF)
- New 11th-Grade and 10th-Grade Exams
These template articles can be used in school newsletters or emails to parents.
- Superintendents to Parents - Assessment Participation
- Superintendents to Parents - PSAT
- Superintendents to Teachers - Just the Facts About Assessment
Colorado selected the College Board's SAT and PSAT exams to serve as the new college entrance and 10th-grade exams for Colorado students.
What to Expect for State Tests This Year
This fact sheet provides basic information about the Colorado Academic Standards and aligned assessments in English language arts, math, science and social studies. Use this as a handout at back-to-school night or include a link to it in your school newsletter to help parents understand what to expect for state tests this year.
Use this for a quick at-a-glance reminder of what tests students will take and when the tests will be given for the 2015-16 school year.
Refer to this to help answer questions from both teachers and parents about state tests this year.
Hand these out to parents to help them understand what their children will be learning this year, or send a link to them in your electronic communications.
These materials are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the results for the CMAS English language arts and math tests (PARCC).
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