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Communications Toolkit 2017-18

The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) tests, Colorado's accountability system (including school and district ratings), and educator effectiveness metrics. The materials can be shared during parent information events throughout the school year.


  • Accountability Toolkit
    Fact sheets with high-level explanations about Colorado's accountability system and SPF/DPF, school plan types and district ratings, also fact sheets that explain the growth model system and an explainer about mean scale scores can be sent along with a drop-in article to parents or educators.


  • Assessment Toolkit
    Fact sheets, drop-in letters and key messages are designed to help districts and schools communicate about Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests. These materials can be shared with parents during parent information events, newsletters or parent teacher conferences. All materials may be tailored to meet local needs.

Educator Effectiveness

  • Educator Effectiveness Metrics
    Drop-in articles, fact sheets and instructions for access are available for district leadership and principals when training staff or community about educator effectiveness. All resources are able to be modified and personalized to meet individual needs.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources

Colorado Academic Standards

Graduation Guidelines and ICAP

Promising Partnership Practices

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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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