Dear Parent or Guardian,
Last spring, elementary, middle and high school students participated in the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS state-mandated tests. Third through ninth graders took mathematics and English language arts tests that were developed by a multi-state consortium, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC. Fifth, eighth and eleventh graders also took a science test. Additionally, fourth and seventh graders took a social studies test if their school was selected to participate. This was the second time the students took the new math and English language arts tests and the third time for science and social studies, based on new content standards.
Your child’s score reports are available from their teacher. As you read the report, you may notice that the performance levels established for these tests are relatively demanding. The new terms for the student’s performance are Did Not Yet Meet, Partially Met, Approached, Met and Exceeded Expectations in mathematics and English language arts. For science and social studies, the four categories are Partially Met, Approached, Met and Exceeded Expectations. Because the content standards are intended to be more rigorous than in the past, the benchmark for successful performance on each test has been set at a relatively high level. Therefore, student achievement scores are lower initially than on previous tests in the same content area.
To provide some context for your student’s performance on this new measure, the enclosed report shows your child’s performance compared to other students in the same grade in their school, the district, and our state. For math and English language arts there also is a cross-state comparison including other states where PARCC math and English language arts tests were administered.
- Remember, test scores are only one piece of information. These scores give a snapshot of academic performance and should not be interpreted as the ultimate indicator of a student’s academic success.
- Interpret the results carefully, considering they are from relatively new state-required tests that were given online.
We will use the assessment results to plan professional development for educators, refine instructional strategies and foster student understanding of mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies content.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher.