What is CMAS?

  • The Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, is the state summative assessment for language arts, math, science and social studies. CMAS is aligned to the state’s rigorous academic standards and designed to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and prepared for their next grade.

  • What is the purpose of CMAS?

    State summative assessments, such as CMAS and SAT, measure how well students are mastering the Colorado Academic Standards for their grade.  These assessments provide valuable information for students, parents, and educators on how well a student is progressing academically to meet grade-level expectations, which is a key component to ensuring students are on track to graduate prepared for college and career.

  • Who Takes CMAS?

    Elementary and Middle School Students

    Each spring, CMAS is given to elementary and middle school students in the following grades and subjects:

    • English language arts (Grades 3-8).  A Spanish Language Arts test, known as CSLA, is given in lieu of the English language arts test to identified 3rd and 4th grade English language learners.
    • Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
    • Science (Grade 5 and 8)
    • Social Studies (Grade 4 and 7 in selected schools)


    High School Students

    9th and 10th Grade Students

    Each spring, ninth and tenth grade students take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) for language arts and math. There are no CMAS assessments given at these grades.


    11th Grade Students

    Each spring, eleventh grade students take the following state assessments:

    • CMAS Science
    • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for language arts and mathematics

  • How will students be tested?

    CMAS is primarily an online test, conducted during the months of March and April.  Check with your school for the specific testing schedule. Dates and times for testing will vary by school.

  • How can we prepare our students for CMAS?

    CMAS measures skills and knowledge that students have been learning throughout the school year. Through classroom instruction, teachers often provide students with multiple experiences taking this type of assessment. There are also practice tests available online. Visit this website for practice tests and instructional resources to help teachers and students prepare for CMAS.  Parent resources can be found here.  

  • Colorado Alternate State Assessment

    For additional information, please visit the CoAlt and DLM page.

  • When will CMAS results be available?

    Individual student performance reports are sent to schools in early fall to be distributed home to students and their parents/guardians.  Scores are available electronically in Principal and Teacher Portals in mid- to late-summer, and in Parent Portal in early fall.  Site Assessment Leaders (SALs) and School Leaders can access CMAS performance reports via PearsonAccessNext (PAN) in late summer.  Teachers may be granted access to view CMAS reports via PAN by their SAL.

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