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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) related to Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)

This page is designed to help Teachers, Parents and Students get answers to FAQs related to the CMAS

What is the CMAS testing window for 2017-18?
What is the CMAS testing window for 2018-19?
How many sessions are there for each CMAS test?
What is the duration of the CMAS test?
What are the question types included in the CMAS test?
How are the performance levels assessed in the CMAS?
What is the calculator policy for the CMAS test?
How will Lumos StepUp® help my child prepare for the CMAS test?
What are the resources available to help prepare my child for the CMAS Test?
What is the assessment conducted at the end of the school year in Colorado State?
What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of the CMAS?
When did Colorado incorporate the CMAS as a form of the end-of-the-year assessment?

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What is the CMAS testing window for 2017-18?

The CMAS testing window for the school year 2017-18 is between April 9 – 27.
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What is the CMAS testing window for 2018-19?

The CMAS testing window for the school year 2018-19 is between April 8 – 26.

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How many sessions are there for each CMAS test?

ELA tests are conducted in 3 units.

Grade 3 – 5 Mathematics has 4 units and 6 to 8 has 3 units.

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What is the duration of the CMAS test?

The duration of the CMAS test is as below:

Math:

Grade 3 to 5 :
Unit 1 : 60 minutes
Unit 2 : 60 minutes
Unit 3 : 60 minutes
Unit 4 : 60 minutes

Grade 6 to 8
Unit 1 : 80 minutes
Unit 2 : 80 minutes
Unit 3 : 80 minutes

ELA

Grade 3:
Unit 1 : 90 minutes
Unit 2 : 75 minutes
Unit 3 : 90 minutes

Grade 4 to 5:
Unit 1 : 90 minutes
Unit 2 : 90 minutes
Unit 3 : 90 minutes

Grade 6 to 8:
Unit 1 : 110 minutes
Unit 2 : 110 minutes
Unit 3 : 90 minutes

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What are the question types included in the CMAS test?

The question types in the CMAS Test include

  • Constructed Response Tasks that require students to explain, justify, critique, create, propose, produce, design, or otherwise demonstrate knowledge and understanding by generating a response when appropriate, context is provided to reinforce students’ practical applications of concepts, theories, principles, and processes.
  • Technology enhanced items and tasks incorporate computer interfaces to ask questions and pose scenarios that are not possible in traditional paper-based formats. they also present conventional items in fresh, innovative ways that motivate students. technology-enhanced items may require students to generate their responses, or they may present students with a wider and more complex set of answer options. These include Drag & drop, Highlight text, Table fill in, Matching table, etc
  • Multiple Item Types provides evidence needed to support inferences about student achievement.
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    How are the performance levels assessed in the CMAS?

    The performance levels for the CMAS are:

    The Student assessment is done at 5 levels.

  • Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
  • Level 2: Partially met expectations
  • Level 3: Approached expectations
  • Level 4: Met expectations
  • Level 5: Exceeded expectations
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    What is the calculator policy for the CMAS test?

    Calculators are not allowed for students in Grade 3 to 5.
    Students in Grade 6 to 8 can use calculators for Unit 2 and 3 but not for Unit 1.

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    How will Lumos StepUp® help my child prepare for the CMAS test?

    The Lumos StepUp® provides
    (a) Online access to Full-length CMAS Practice Tests.
    (b) Workbooks to practice 30+ Math and 40+ ELA skills.
    (c) Access to parent and student portals.
    (d) Access to Teacher portal.
    (e) Easy-to-use, advanced and real-time reports to help you identify areas of weakness and tailor personalized learning plans for your student.
    (f) Student-centric approach, combined with instant feedback boosts student confidence and improves learning outcomes.
    (g) StepUp® program can be accessed through a number of devices that include, PC, tablet and smartphones and it is available 24×7. This convenience helps enabling anywhere learning.

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    What are the resources available to help prepare my child for the CMAS Test?

    In addition to the Lumos StepUp® program benefits, you can also access sample
    questions on Lumos Learning site by clicking on the box below:

    To access Sample questions, click here

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    What is the assessment conducted at the end of the school year in Colorado State?

    The assessment conducted at the end of the year in Colorado State is called Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).
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    What was the earlier assessment conducted before the introduction of the CMAS?

    Colorado used PAARC as test method before introduction of the CMAS.
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    When did Colorado incorporate the CMAS as a form of the end-of-the-year assessment?

    The CMAS as a method of assessment started in the year 2015-16.

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