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CMAS - Mathematics and English Language Arts Assessments


Stephanie Boyd
Math and ELA Coordinator
Assessment Unit

Relevant Websites 

Get involved! 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 Alternate Assessment (CoAlt): Science and Social Studies
  • Colorado Spanish Language Arts (CSLA)

Join the Colorado Educator Database for committee selection

Spring 2017 CMAS Results - Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (PARCC)

View the Data and Results page

Administration Training Information

View Spring 2017 training information

Post Test Processes

DACs must submit the CDE Post Test Certification form after all materials from all administrations have been returned. 

Mathematics Assessment Options for 2017-2018 

  • Students in grades 3-6 will take the grade level assessment for their enrolled grade. 
  • Students in grade 7 have the option of taking the 7th grade math, algebra I, or the Integrated math I assessment. 
  • Students in grade 8 have the option of taking the 8th grade math, algebra I, geometry, or the Integrated math I or II assessment. 

Calculator use policy for 2017 

Directions for clearing graphing calculator memory

Unique Accommodations Request 

In Colorado, there is additional guidance on several accommodations for ELA/L and/or mathematics. Unique accommodation requests (UAR) must be submitted to CDE via Syncplicity by December 15 for approval. (Updated guidance coming soon)

  • Guidance to determine if a student qualifies for reading access accommodations for the ELA/L assessment (e.g.,text-to-speech, sign, human reader/oral script) 
  • Guidance to determine if a student qualifies for a calculator (or math tools) on the non-calculator portions of the assessment grades 3-7 is here, and the pilot for grades 8-9 is here.  
  • Guidance to determine if a student qualifies for a human scribe on the ELA/L assessment  
  • Instructions for other accommodations  

Released Items 

Released items from the 2015 and 2016 PARCC ELA/L and math assessments can be found here. There are items from each grade and content in PDF format.  

Technology Guidelines

Guidance designed to inform schools and districts as they make annual instructional technology purchases is available. The guidelines include hardware and operating system specifications covering the vast majority of commercially available computers and tablets. For more information, please see our District Technology Coordinator webpage.  

Data Privacy & Security Policy

The Department has established a website with a variety of information related to data privacy and security.

Quick Links

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Archive Page

View information and archived materials from previous administrations 

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