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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.

Information Packet

These handouts can help school leaders explain changes in state tests to parents and educators.

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Drop-in Articles

These template articles can be used in school newsletters or emails to parents.

PSAT 10 and SAT

Colorado selected the College Board's SAT and PSAT exams to serve as the new college entrance and 10th-grade exams for Colorado students. Learn how to access scores and view test preparation resources and future testing dates.

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.

Understanding the New PARCC Scores

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).

Additional Resources - Browse by Category

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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