Student CMAS Assessments Begin on March 14

On Monday, March 14, students in Thompson School District will begin taking the state-mandated academic Colorado Measures of Success (CMAS) assessments. The window to complete all of the assessments is March 14th – April 29th. During this window, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) English Language Arts and math online assessments will be given to students in grades 3-9. PARCC reduced the testing time for students from 2015 by nearly 90 minutes in most grade levels.

Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the CMAS on-line science assessments. One-third of our schools will also be administering the CMAS on-line social studies assessments to students in grades 4 and 7.

Students in grade 10 will take the PSAT on April 20th, since Colorado is transitioning to the 11th grade SAT assessment during the 2016-2017 school year. Students in grade 11 will take the ACT on April 19th. The PSAT and ACT are both paper assessments.

More specific information about testing dates and times for your child will be sent from your school in the near future.

These assessments are mandated by the State of Colorado and are a significant part of the state’s overall performance score that is assigned to all schools each year. District staff members have taken steps to create the most comfortable environment possible for students when they are taking the assessments. Students are asked to simply do their best; the assessments will not have any impact on their grades. To help make your child as comfortable as possible, please try to ensure that they are well-rested, relaxed and ready for the assessments. All English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies assessments will be conducted electronically. Although the on-line exams test students at a knowledge level much deeper than assessments of the past, they are designed to be engaging for students.

Why is it important for students to participate in the state-mandated assessments?

The data gathered from these assessments provide important snapshot information for TSD instructors to use in formulating the best educational experience for your student. The assessment data will also allow parents and guardians to see how their student is performing compared to other students in the district and throughout the state.

Please see the following links for more information and recent communication released on the PARCC assessments:

Colorado Department of Education parent resource

PARCC – One of Nation’s Premier Tests

PARCC is a Test Worth Taking

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We greatly appreciate your patience and continued support.

Thank you,
Thompson School District
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