The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to measure the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in the content area of science. It is the state summative assessment for science designed to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and are prepared for their next grade. The CMAS science assessment 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: http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/cmas
Parent resources from CDE is here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/generalinfo-parents