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CMAS - Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Assessments

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Educator input is critical to Colorado's state assessment development and validation process. Educators may participate in committees related to the following state assessments:

  • Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science, Social Studies, Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA)
  • Colorado Spanish Language Arts (CSLA)
  • Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt): Science and Social Studies

Join the Colorado Educator Pool for assessment development committee selection.

Spring 2018 CMAS Results - All Content Areas

Data and Results

Spring 2019 CMAS Administration Information

2018-19 Training Information 

Mathematics Assessments

  • Students in grades 3-8 take the grade level assessment for their enrolled grade.
  • Calculator Use Policy for 2019 - PDF

High School Assessments

  • Students in grade 11 take the high school science assessment.

CMAS Performance Level Descriptors

CMAS Performance Levels and Policy Claims including Cut Scores

Math and English Language Arts

Science and Social Studies

Each performance level of the CMAS science and social studies assessments (PDF) has a high level policy claim associated with it. This policy claim gives a general idea of what is expected of a student at each level regardless of grade level. The met and exceeded expectations levels are considered on track to being college and career ready. 

Students taking CMAS science and social studies assessments are given an overall scale score that ranges from 300-900. Colorado educators set cut scores for each performance level based on the specific content that students should be able to engage with at each performance level. Elementary and middle school cut scores were adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2014; high school science cut scores were approved in April 2016.

CMAS Test Design

Frameworks list the percent representation and number of score points for each of the reporting categories/standard areas that appear on the summative assessments. They also specify the Evidence Outcomes that are eligible for inclusion on the state assessments. Topics explicitly identified in the social studies standards are legitimate content for the assessment in addition to the standards' concept and skills.

CDE incorporated feedback from content experts and educators throughout the state to create the final versions of the frameworks. Small shifts in distribution of points were made across social studies standards in grade 4 and science standards in grades 5 and 8. In addition to a shift in the distribution of points in high school social studies, changes were made to the assessible content in high school civics and economics.

Using Accommodations on State Assessments

Accommodations are practices and procedures that provide equitable access during instruction and assessment for students who have a documented need, including students with a disability and English learners. In order to use accommodations on state testing, accommodations must be documented in the student’s IEP, 504, or EL plan.

Only a very limited number of students who meet specific criteria may use certain accommodations on the CMAS math and ELA assessments and receive a valid score. These accommodations include reading of the ELA (reading) test, scribing the constructed response portion of the ELA (writing) test, and using a calculator on non-calculator sections of the math assessment. The DAC must securely submit Unique Accommodation Requests (UARs) to CDE through Syncplicity by December 15 for approval.

Supporting data from the current school year must accompany the UAR.

Information relating to the use of accommodations during instruction is found on the CDE Office of Special Education webpage. 

Additional CMAS Resources

Student Resources

  • Computer-based testing student practice resources provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the format and functionality of questions that appear on the CMAS assessments. Resources include technology-enhanced items (TEls) which allow students to indicate their responses to assessment questions in a format other than multiple-choice. The resources are not intended to cover all content or TEl types included on operational assessments. Sample items also provide students the opportunity to use the tools available in TestNav 8, the online testing software used in Colorado.
  • Paper-based testing paper sample items provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the format of test items that appear in the paper-based test books.

Educator Resources

Technical Reports

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Archive Page

Any materials archived from previous administrations are not to be used during testing or training. 

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