Colorado Measures of Academic Success

Colorado has a series of educational standards known as the Colorado Academic Standards that outline academic objectives for students in every grade across 10 content areas. The rigorous standards set expectations so Colorado students are prepared to succeed in college or careers upon high school graduation.

To measure students’ mastery of the state’s academic standards, Colorado administers a set of common assessments known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and PSAT/SAT. CMAS and PSAT/SAT are the only common measuring tools for Colorado students. Measuring real-world skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, the tests are aligned to classroom work so teachers do not have to “teach to the test.” Instruction based on the standards is the best preparation.

For more information regarding CMAS, please visit the CDE's website at

2022 - 2023 Testing Window: April 10 - April 28

The following CMAS assessments will be administered this school year:

  • All students, Grades 6 -8: CMAS-English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) and Mathematics*

  • 8th Grade only: Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) Science**

*Students with significant cognitive disabilities may take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) as an alternate ELA/Math assessment based on the student's need in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). **Students with significant cognitive disabilities may take the Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt) based on the student's need in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Opt-out info (Parent Exemption for State tests)

During the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers passed SB 15-223, which gives parents the right to refuse to have their children take the state standardized tests CMAS, PSAT, and SAT without any negative consequences to the student, teacher or school. This law only applies to the state-mandated tests CMAS and the PSAT/SAT and does not apply to other tests given in the classroom as part of the course work or to district interim and benchmark assessments. Click this link for specific APS board policies on “opting out” of state assessments. as well as frequently asked questions about the assessments.

Guardians must submit a written, signed request each school year to their school's principal to opt out your child from state tests only. Please remember, the tests results are important for the school, the district, and the state, as well as your students when examining how they are doing with state standards compared to other students. Please contact the principal at your child's school if you have any questions.

22-23 English Opt-Out- Please print, fill out, and take to your child's school

22-23 Spanish Opt-Out - Imprima, complete y lleve a la escuela de su hijo