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2016-17 Back-to-School Toolkit

The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) test results which are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. These materials can be shared with parents during back-to-school nights and other parent information events as the 2016-17 school year kicks off.

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  • What to expect for the 2016-17 school year
    English | Español (PDF)
    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.
  • 2016-17 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 2016-17 school year.
  • Understanding Score Reports for English language arts and math tests
    English | Español (PDF)
    Use this two-page document to help teachers, parents and students understand the 2016 CMAS PARCC score reports.
  • How to Use the Test Results to Support Your Student
    English | Español (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.
  • Understanding the 2016 Score Reports (Prezi) - Give this presentation at parent information meetings to help parents understand why we transitioned to CMAS tests, how to interpret the score reports and what to expect for state tests in spring 2017.
    • Prezi Script - this companion script for the Prezi will help your presentation go smoothly.
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  • Purpose and Value of State Assessments (PDF)
    This fact sheet will help parents and educators understand the role that state assessments have in increasing the academic achievement of students in Colorado.
  • Sample Score Reports
    Provide these sample score reports to parents before they receive their own students' reports to help them know what to expect and how to understand the new reports.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)
    English | Español (PDF)
    Refer to this to help answer questions from both teachers and parents about state tests this year.
  • Drop-in Articles
    Use these entire articles or just portions of them to communicate with educators and parents about the upcoming score reports.
  • Key Messages (PDF)
    Read through these key messages to help prepare your own materials and presentations for parents. This document will help Colorado educators communicate accurate and consistent information.


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