CMAS Testing

Posted March 18, 2024

Starting on April 9th, McMeen students begin taking CMAS, the Colorado Measures of Academic Success.  CMAS measures student proficiency on the Colorado Academic Standards.  These standards provide clear and consistent guidelines on what students should know and be able to do at the end of the year, across grade levels and subject areas. 

Grades 3-5 will take English language arts and math assessments.  Qualifying Spanish speakers in grades 3 and 4 may take the Spanish language arts assessment, in place of the English language arts assessment.  5th Grade will take a science assessment. 

Review the enclosed CMAS Schedule to see when your child will be testing.  Students can best demonstrate what they know after getting plenty of sleep the night before testing, followed by a healthy breakfast.  To prevent missed instruction due to makeup testing, ensure that your student(s) arrive on-time for school, and that appointments and vacations are planned for non-testing days. 

Your support during CMAS is appreciated. One thing we particularly need support with is cell phones. While cell phones are not allowed during the typical school day, it is particularly vital that they are not accessible to students during testing. If students are found to have a cell phone, smart watch, or any other device, it could invalidate their scores and the scores of their classmates. We will be collecting cell phones and smart devices at the start of each testing day. Please support us by discussing this with your child so they are prepared.

Student practice resources can be found here:  More information about assessments in DPS can be found here:

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at  Thank you, and go Mustangs!

Lauren Bartsch, Assistant Principal

McMeen Elementary

Denver Public Schools

The following are additional resources from the Colorado Department of Education:

For more information, please see this video: