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Communications Tools

Understanding the New PARCC Scores

The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the results for the CMAS English language arts and math tests (PARCC) taken by students last spring.

These materials can be shared with parents during parent information events, newsletters or parent teacher conferences. All materials may be tailored to meet your local needs.

  • Understanding the New Score Reports (Prezi) - Give this presentation at parent information meetings to help parents understand why we transitioned to new tests, how to interpret the score reports and what to expect for state tests in spring 2016. A companion script for this Prezi is provided to help your presentation go smoothly.
  • Parent's Guide to Understanding the New Score Reports 
    English | Spanish (PDF)
    Score reports for Colorado's new English language arts and math tests will look different than the reports parents are used to getting. Use this two-page document to help teachers, parents and students understand the new PARCC score reports.
  • How to Use the Test Results to Support Your Student
    English | Spanish (PDF)
    This one-page document provides parents with basic background information and simple ideas for using the test results to support their student's academic success


What to Expect for State Tests This Year

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): What to expect for the 2015-16 school year

English | Spanish (PDF)

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.

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): 2015-16 At-a-Glance (PDF)

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.

Frequently asked questions about CMAS
English | Spanish (PDF)

Refer to this to help answer questions from both teachers and parents about state tests this year.

Colorado Academic Standards Parent Guides

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.

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Communication resources are broken out by content area for ease of use and to promote consistent and timely communications with key audiences.

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