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Back-to-School Toolkit

The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the Colorado Academic Standards and aligned assessments. These materials can be shared with parents during back-to-school nights and other parent information events as the 2015-16 school year kicks off. All materials may be tailored to meet your local needs.

State Assessments 

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

English (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.

Drop in articles

Use these as a guide to help you craft your own communications to teachers and parents about state tests this year.

Colorado Academic Standards

Parent's 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.

Teacher of the Year Letter

Back to School Letter from 2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year Kathy Thirkell

Use this letter in your back to school communications, newsletters and more to inspire your teachers with advice from our teacher of the year!




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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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