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CMAS Letter

​CMAS is here!

 Colorado Measures of Academic Standards:  Science and Social Studies (CMAS) is Colorado's standards-based assessment designed to measure the Colorado Academic Standards in the content areas of social studies and science.   

The CMAS is the first state mandated test that students will take on the computer.  The four different types of items that students will respond to in the CMAS Test are selected response (multiple choice),  constructed response (written response),  technology-enhanced items (drag-and-drop, hot spot, bar graph, histogram), and performance events (topical items that relate to a set of sources).

Each content test consists of three sections.  The total testing time will be 90 minutes.  The CMAS: Social Studies Test will be administered at FCMS during the mornings of April 15, 16, and 17.  The CMAS: Science Test will be administered during the mornings of April 21, 22, and 23.

All students, grades 6-8, will be on a modified schedule during this testing time (April 15-23), so as to support and enhance the testing environment.

For questions or more information regarding CMAS, please contact Mike Hanson, Assistant Principal/ Testing Coordinator.  720  886-7712 or  mhanson2@cherrycreekschools.org

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Every spring, students across Colorado take the state's standardized tests in science, math, and language arts. In 2014, students will be taking the new online Colorado Measure of Academic Success tests in the following grades and subjects:

Social Studies: Grade 4 (Spring 2014) - Grade 7 (Spring 2014) - Grade 12 (Fall 2014)

Science: Grade 5 (Spring 2014) - Grade 8 (Spring 2014) - Grade 12 (Fall 2014)

The new assessments are based on the new Colorado-developed science and social studies standards. The Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) are the expectations of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade in each subject. These standards provide the foundation for the skills and knowledge to enable students to be successful in higher education and their chosen careers.

  • Computer-based tests will replace pencil and paper tests. Computer-based assessments allow for more engaging and innovative questions that enable testing of higher-order thinking skills. 
  • The computer-based tests will ask students to answer a variety of types of questions, show their work and explain their reasoning. They will assess critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • These tests will assess the knowledge and skills all students need for the careers of tomorrow, including the ability to communicate effectively, apply math to real-world situations, critically analyze literature and informational texts, and demonstrate problem-solving techniques.
  • The updated tests will provide meaningful data for all students, including high- and low-performing students. Teachers and families will get detailed reports, helping them better understand each child's mastery of the standards.

We believe these new assessments will be a valuable tool in helping to ensure that your child is successful in these critical subjects. Effective teaching based on standards and assessment of student learning must go hand in hand to guide measurable student learning and success.

Because this is the first time these assessments will be given by computer, state officials acknowledge that we may experience technical "glitches" in the system. The Colorado Department of Education and the Cherry Creek School District have tested the system thoroughly and worked to eliminate the possibility of problems occurring, but as with any technology, we cannot guarantee something unexpected will not occur. In the event of a problem, teachers, principals and other staff will work with students to help relieve any anxiety and frustration.  

Falcon Creek Middle School will be administering the tests from April 16th through April 24th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa Ruiz
Principal

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