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Assessment Communications Toolkit

The state legislature and U.S. Department of Education reduced the number of CMAS tests students will take in spring 2021. The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate the changes to families. All materials may be tailored to meet your local needs. More materials will be added as they are updated.

CMAS: English Language Arts / Literacy, grades 3, 5 and 7. Math, grades 4, 6 and 8. Science, Grade 8. Social Studies, no tests this spring. PSAT / SAT: PSAT, grades 9 and 10. SAT, grade 11. Note: Parents and caregivers can choose to have children take both the English Language arts and math tests if they would like to see how their children are progressing in both subject areas.


Assessment Fact Sheets

The state legislature and U.S. Department of Education reduced the number of CMAS tests students will take in spring 2021:

Assessment Dates

Currently scheduled administration windows for the 2020-21 school year:

ACCESS for ELLs

  • Jan. 11 - March 12, 2021

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

  • April 12 - May 14, 2021

CO SAT

  • Primary Test Date: April 13, 2021
  • Make-up Test Date: April 27 or 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


ACCESS for ELLs

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.

PSAT and SAT

About PSAT and SAT


Sample Parent Letters

Districts and schools may use these sample letters to communicate with parents about state assessments. Additional sample letters will be added as more becomes known about CMAS assessments in spring 2021.


Additional Communications for District Assessment Coordinators and District Technology Coordinators


View all Communications Tools from the Communications Division

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