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Assessment Toolkit

The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about state assessments. These materials can be shared in newsletters or during parent information events or parent-teacher conferences. All materials may be tailored to meet your local needs. More materials will be added as they are updated. 

Which tests will students take

CMAS: English Language Arts / Literacy, grades 3 through 8. Math, grades 3 through 8. Social Studies, grades 4 and 7 (sampling approximately 1/3 of schools participating). Science, grades 5, 8, and 11. PSAT / SAT: PSAT, grades 9 and 10. SAT, grade 11.

2020-21 Tests

While there is still uncertainty and ambiguity surrounding how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact this year’s instructional settings, a typical state assessment administration season is scheduled to resume in spring 2021 as required by state and federal law. As with most aspects of education, state assessments may need to be adjusted in response to COVID-19 conditions. We will continue to monitor state and federal assessment requirements and expectations as the school year progresses across Colorado and as COVID-19 responses evolve this year. Currently scheduled administration windows are included below:


  • Jan. 11 - March 12, 2021

CMAS/CoAlt: ELA/CSLA/Math/Science/Social Studies

  • April 12 - 30, 2021


  • Primary Test Date: April 13, 2021
  • Make-up Test Date: April 27, 2021
  • Additional Make-Up Administration: May 18, 2021

CO PSAT for grades 9 and 10

  • Primary Test Date: April 13, 14, 15 or 16, 2021 (district choice)
  • Make-up Test Date: April 27, 28, 29 or 30, 2021 (district choice)

HS CoAlt ELA/Math (DLM) for grades 9-11

  • Aligned to PSAT/SAT schedule to the extent possible



Communications Toolkit - ACCESS for ELLs Testing

Key messages, a fact sheet and a sample letter to parents/guardians are available for district and school leaders to use as they communicate about ACCESS for English Language Learners testing during COVID-19. These materials are available in both English and Spanish. View them here.

CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success)

About CMAS


About PSAT and SAT

Fact Sheets

View all Communications Tools from the Communications Division

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