The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to measure the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in the content areas of mathematics, English language arts, Science and Social Studies. It is the state summative assessment designed to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and are prepared for their next grade. The CMAS assessments was developed by a collaboration between The Colorado Department of Education, testing contractor Pearson, and Colorado educators.

A very small number of students with significant cognitive disabilities may take the Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt) based on the Extended Evidence Outcomes (EEOs) of the CAS. The state of Colorado provides alternate assessments in the same content areas of language arts, math, science and social studies in lieu of taking the CMAS and SAT/PSAT.

CDE’s website provides additional information including the frameworks for the CMAS assessments here:

Parent resources from CDE is here:

CMAS 2024 Testing Schedule for Aurora Quest K-8

Elementary School, Grades:
3rd Grade: Literacy April 9, 10, 11 (8:00-10:45)
Math April 22, 23, 24 (8:00-10:45)

4th Grade: Literacy (Beaman AM class) April 9, 10, 11 (9:30-12:15)
Math (Yeager AM class) April 9, 10, 11 (9:30-12:15)
Literacy (Beaman PM class) April 16, 17, 18 (9:30-12:15)
Math (Yeager PM class) April 16, 17, 18 (9:30-12;15)

5th Grade: Literacy (both classes) April 9, 10, 11 (9:30-12:15)
Math (both classes) April 9, 10, 11 (1:00-2:30)
Science (AM class) April 22, 23, 24 (9:30-10:50)
(PM class) April 22, 23, 24 (1:00-2:30)

Middle School Schedules will be adjusted on April 9, 10, 11 due to testing

6th Grade: Math April 9, 10, 11 (7:45-9:45)
Literacy April 9, 10, 11 (12:10-2:30)

7th Grade: Math April 9, 10, 11 (7:45-9:45)
Literacy April 9, 10, 11 (12:10-2:30)

8th Grade: Math April 9, 10, 11 (7:45-9:45)
Literacy April 9, 10, 11 (10:20-12:40)
Science April 16, 17, 18 (11:10-12:40)

The testing window for state assessments is approaching. The CMAS testing window is April 8-25.

Parents/Guardians: As required by state law, we are informing you that you have two options in the Aurora Public School District to opt your children out of state testing, if you wish to do so. Here are those options, with corresponding deadlines:

  • IC Parent Portal Opt-Out Tool - This tool is now live in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and instructions to access it are at this link ( . If you have trouble with the Parent Portal, please contact your school representative, which would be Ms. Dio or Mr. Germes at Aurora Quest K-8. The deadline to use this tool is Sunday, March 31st.

  • Paper Opt-Out Form - The district Opt-Out form is also available at the bottom of this page. Please complete this form and submit it to Mr. Germes at Aurora Quest. The deadline to use this paper Opt-out form is Friday, April 5th.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Germes at [email protected].

Who takes CMAS?

All 3rd - 8th grade students.

Mathematics - all students in grades 3rd-8th
English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) - all students in grades 3rd-8th.

How will students be tested?

CMAS is primarily an online test with an option for a paper/pencil test for students with accommodations. There are 3-50 minute sections that will be taken. Students will have a 15 minute break in between each section.

Students will need to use a school-issued Chromebook to take the exam. If they do not have one, they will be able to borrow one on the day of testing.

How can students prepare?

CMAS measures skills and knowledge that students have been learning throughout the school year. Through classroom instruction, teachers often provide students with multiple experiences taking this type of assessment. For practice items and tutorials within the testing platform, visit the CMAS Practice Resources.