Posted inCOVID, Education, News, Politics and Government

How Colorado is changing standardized tests for elementary and middle school students this year — and why

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success, which is administered to students in grades three through eight, will look a lot different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s thanks to House Bill 1161, which is the result of a legislative compromise reached between testing opponents and proponents at the Colorado Capitol.  Gov. Jared Polis […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s Teacher of the Year on why we need to put CMAS standardized testing on pause in our schools

As Colorado’s Teacher of the Year, I can tell you that annual standardized testing in our schools is a runaway car, ready to crash and burn our students if we don’t pump the brakes now.  Spring Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and ACCESS English-proficiency tests have the potential to do serious harm to students’ […]

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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 […]