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Colorado plan to scale back CMAS testing moves forward. Kids would test in literacy or math, but not both.

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado A proposal to significantly scale back Colorado’s standardized school testing this year cleared its first hurdle Friday after proponents and opponents came together in an overwhelming show of support. The bill cleared the House Education Committee with a bipartisan 8-1 vote after sponsors decided not to pursue their original proposal […]

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Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver

Reluctant Colorado school districts are preparing to administer standardized tests amid uncertainty about whether the state can get any relief from federal testing requirements. Last Monday, federal education officials directed states to proceed with the administration of standardized tests, known here as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS, because the tests will help […]

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Colorado lawmaker pushing ahead with effort to suspend state testing despite federal requirement

The sponsor of a bill seeking to suspend Colorado’s standardized tests this year believes the state can use other tests most students already take and still adhere to federal testing rules.  A letter sent Monday by Ian Rosenblum, acting assistant education secretary, calls for states to give standardized tests this year, despite pandemic disruptions. Rosenblum […]

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Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says

By Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat The Biden administration said Monday that states must administer federally required standardized tests this year, but schools won’t be held accountable for the results — and states could give shorter, remote, or delayed versions of the exams.  It’s the first high-stakes decision for the new administration’s Department of Education, coming even before […]

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Most Colorado students not proficient in reading and math — but there’s some good news

By Erica Metzler, Chalkbeat Colorado More than half of Colorado students in grades three through eight didn’t meet grade-level expectations in reading, writing, or math on state tests they took this past spring, and glaring disparities based on income and race remain essentially unchanged. The 2019 Colorado test results released Thursday paint a student performance […]