Student Assesment

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State Assessments


ACCESS for ELLs is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given annually to kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELL). It provides educators and parents information about the English language proficiency level in the language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

WIDA Screener:
WIDA Screener is an English Language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1-12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English language learners.

The WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) is the screener used to assist in the identification of Kindergarten students that qualify for English Language Acquisition programming.


Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state’s common measurement of students’ progress at the end of the school year in English language arts, math, science and social studies. CMAS assessments are standards-based and are designed to measure the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Students from third through eighth grade will take CMAS tests in English language arts and math. Students in the fifth, eighth and 11th grades will take the CMAS science tests. A sampling of students in the fourth and seventh grades will take the CMAS social studies tests.
  • CMAS Fact Sheet - English (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
  • Colorado Alternative Assessment (CoAlt) / Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
    The Alternate Assessments are designed to measure what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do. Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) who are not able to take CMAS will instead take the Colorado Alternate Assessments in Science and Social Studies, and the Dynamic Learning Maps for English Language Arts and Math.

State College Entrance Exams

PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10
The PSAT (pre-SAT) for 9th and 10th graders aligns to the literacy and mathematics expectations in Colorado. The PSAT measures the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for ninth and tenth graders. It focuses on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success.

11th grade students take the SAT as the college entrance exam for Colorado.

Parent Opt-Out for CMAS and SAT/PSAT

In accordance with the accompanying policy, the parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the district may request that his or her child be exempt from participating in one or more state assessments.
  1. The request for exemption must submit a written, signed request to the school principal.
  2. The parent/guardian will not be required to state the reason for asking for the exemption.
  3. The request for exemption may apply to all or specific state assessments administered to the student during the school year.
  4. A request for exemption will be valid for one year.  Requests for exemption from state assessments in subsequent school years require a new written request.
  5. Parents/guardians are encouraged to submit their requests for exemption at the earliest possible date each school year so that the district may plan accordingly.
Please remember, the assessment results are used by educators for instructional planning, class placement, and academic screening and that this information will not be available to your child's educators.

TS Gold

Teaching Strategies (TS) Gold is an ongoing, observation-based assessment for preschool and kindergarten students. It meets the state requirements of the school readiness assessment.

Teaching Strategies GOLD can be used with any developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum and is based on 38 research-based objectives that include predictors of school success and are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Provides specific strategies and resources for every type of learner, including dual-language learners and those with special needs.

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