This past spring, Colorado students took the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests. CMAS includes tests in Science, Social Studies and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test which is aligned to our new rigorous standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.
From CSAP to CMAS: Why We Needed New Colorado Tests
From 2009-2013, Colorado leaders adopted and educators implemented our new higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. These expectations, outlined by the Colorado Academic Standards, are meant to make sure that by the time students graduate from high school they are ready for college and career. Our old tests (CSAP) were designed to measure how students were doing reaching our old standards, so Colorado worked with educators and experts to develop tests aligned to our new standards, CMAS.
The new tests are an improvement over our old ones because they ask students to think critically and apply knowledge they learn throughout their classes – rather than fill in a bubble on a multiple choice test. There is nothing punitive about this test for the student - it does not impact a student’s GPA or college entrance. It is simply an academic check up to see if students are on track.
Learn more about CMAS below:
Source: Colorado Department of Education