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General Assessment Information for Parents


Meaningful and relevant tests work hand-in-hand with rigorous academic standards. The state’s summative tests are called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), which measure students’ mastery of the standards and the complex thinking and other critical skills students need to be successful in school and in life.

2022 State Tests

In spring 2022, third- through eighth-graders in Colorado will take the CMAS tests, which are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. Colorado's ninth- and 10th-graders will take the PSAT and 11th-graders will take the SAT (11th-graders also take CMAS science). The state-level results for these tests are expected to be made available in August 2022. Individual student reports are typically available to districts in July after each administration. Click here for tentative testing dates.

2021 CMAS Score Reports

Last spring, Colorado's third- through eighth-graders took the CMAS tests, which are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. Given the challenges created by COVID, the state legislature and U.S. Department of Education reduced the number of tests students were required to take in spring 2021. Students were only required to take one test in either English language arts (ELA) or math, depending on their grade, but parents could choose to have children take both tests if they wanted to see how their children were progressing in both subject areas. Students in grades three, five, and seven took ELA; students in grades four, six, and eight took math; and students in grade eight also took science. Colorado's ninth- and 10th-graders took the PSAT and 11th-graders took the SAT. The state-level results for these tests are expected to be released in August 2021. Resources to help parents better understand what the test results mean and how they can be used to support their student's academic success are linked in the following section. 

What to expect for the 2022 state assessments 

PSAT & SAT in Colorado

Before taking the test

CMAS 2017-18 School Year ICON

CMAS Score Reports

Colorado Alternate Assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities

About the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)