The state testing in Colorado is called CMAS. Please see Colorado Department of Education Assessment information here. CMAS stands for Colorado Measures of Academic Success and includes: 

  • CMAS - Science & Social Studies, the testing window is announced on CDE's website and takes place in the spring semester. 
    • From CDE's Assessment website: The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science and Social Studies assessments will be administered in elementary, middle, and high schools each spring. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will take the science assessments. The social studies assessments will be administered in grades 4 and 7 on a sampling basis to one-third of the schools.
    • CMAS Assessment Accommodations Information
  • PARCC - English Language Arts & Math, PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
    • From CDE's Assessment website: In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the PARCC consortium as a governing member in August 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts/literacy (ELA/L) and mathematics assessments. About 10 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system for grades 3-9.
    • PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual
  • Alternative Assessments in Colorado, these assessments are given to eligible students. From CDE's Assessment's website: Only students with a significant cognitive disability who are receiving instruction based on the Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEO) of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) should be considered for participation on the CoAlt assessments.
    • DLM: Dynamic Learning Maps, Alternate Assessment program is designed to measure what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do. It includes English Language Arts and Math and based on Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs). 
    • CoAlt: Science and Social Studies and based on Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs). 

State Testing Accommodation Information

Please open links below to state testing accommodation information for each CMAS assessment. 

In the assessment manuals and websites linked below, you will find accommodations provided on each assessment detailed in the accommodation categories of: Presentation Accommodations, Response Accommodations, Timing Accommodations, and English learner Accommodations. Please note that accommodations requested beyond what is provided to all students need to meet CDE criteria. Specifically, special educators should be aware that accommodations requested meet these criteria: 

  • This accommodation must be documented on the student’s IEP or 504 plan.  
  • The proposed accommodation is used regularly and with fidelity for routine class instruction and assessment.

During test administration, the CDE test administrator manual suggests that while the accommodation may not be identical to the accommodation used during instruction, it should be comparable to what is used during instruction. 

  • CMAS & CoAlt Science and Social Studies Accommodations Procedures Manual for 2018. Accommodations & Accessibility information starts on Page 83. 
  • PARCC ELA & Math Accommodations Here for 2017. Accommodations & Accessibility information starts on Page 57. On the CDE Assessment site, pay careful attention to sections, "Unique Accommodations Request" and "PARCC Quick Links." The Unique Accommodations Request is due before the winter holiday break to CDE, in 2016, it was due by December 15th. If your student needs a unique accommodation, i.e. sign, human reader, text-to-speech, this needs to be completed and determined in the IEP. The PARCC quick links has a document named, Accommodations Matrix, which will help special educators determine what accommodations are available and whether a unique accommodation needs to be turned into CDE. Lastly, braille test materials must be ordered when test kits are ordered by building assessment coordinators or at the district level. 
  • Dynamic Learning Maps is the ELA and Math assessment for students with a significant cognitive disability. Before administering the DLM to students, educators will complete student learning profiles and accessibility needs. Special education professionals can learn more about the DLM administration, accommodations and accessibility Here. 
Table 1, CMAS CDE Administrator Manual 

Table 1, CMAS CDE Administrator Manual