State Mandated Testing

March 16, 2017

Thank you for all that you do for our school, community, and students. As we are getting ready to enter testing season, I want to provide some context to Franktown Elementary';s beliefs around PARCC/CMAS testing, and how we use this data as an additional point of reference for your children and our school.

PARCC/CMAS testing is one of a few standardized assessments we use to monitor our students academic achievement and growth. PARCC/CMAS testing in and of itself, just like any other test, does not solely represent a student's academic ability. There are a number of indicators that help us monitor a student's academic growth, ranging from state, local and classroom level assessments, to the conversation our teachers have with our students on a daily basis.

The PARCC/CMAS assessment is one of multiple measures we can use to help us develop a larger picture of a student's academic performance and growth as well as the progress of our school and our educational programs. PARCC/CMAS assessment is an additional data point that further provides a more holistic view of our students and school';s academic achievement and growth over time. Ultimately the question is, as a school, do we encourage our students and families to take and try their best on the PARCC/CMAS assessment? The answer is YES, we do advocate for our students to participate in the PARCC/CMAS assessment, as we feel it is another indicator to inform you and our school of your student's academic performance and growth.

PARCC/CMAS testing at Franktown Elementary School will take place April 3-20, 2017 and make-ups as needed. We have developed a schedule at Franktown to minimize the impact of PARCC/CMAS testing on the learning of our students. While it is testing season, the exact amount of time our students spend on the PARCC/CMAS assessment is as follows:

Grade PARCC/CMAS testing time (minutes)
Kindergarten 0 minutes over 0 days
First grade 0 minutes over 0 days
Second grade 0 minutes over 0 days
Third grade 8 hours and 15 minutes in 7 sessions on 7 separate days
Fourth grade 12 hours and 30 minutes in 10 sessions on 10 separate days
Fifth grade 12 hours and 30 minutes in 10 sessions over 8 separate days


We look forward to seeing our students fully commit themselves to do their best on the assessment. To help us support your student in being fully prepared to take the test, please:

  • Provide your student with a healthy breakfast on testing days
  • Encourage a good night's sleep
  • Talk to your child about the importance of learning how to take standardized tests, as they will encounter many more (i.e. the PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • Talk to your student about doing his/her best

If you would like more information on the specific dates and grade levels check out our PARCC/CMAS schedule. For more comprehensive state required assessments information, visit our State-mandated Assessment tab on our webpage

FRANKTOWN TESTING CALENDAR- Click on the PARCC/CMAS Calendar Tab at the top of the page
HB 15-1323

Testing Excusal Process- please complete asap if you plan to excuse your child

Assessment Descriptions/Windows

Curriculum Associates - iReady (School and Teacher Selected, meets CO State requirements for READ Act)
Total Testing Time: 30-45 minutes three times per year
All K-3rd grade students will be assessed in the area of reading in the Fall, Winter and Spring with iReady, a computer adaptive assessment program. This assessment pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets. Teachers use this instant information to plan next steps for instruction and to track growth over time.
iReady Reading Assessment Windows
K-3rd Reading Assessment
Fall: August 15th- August 26th
Winter: December 1st- 15th, 2016
Spring: April 24th- May 5th, 2017

Measure of Academic Progress- MAP (School and Teacher Selected, meets CO state requirements for Balanced Assessment)
Total Testing Time: 30-60 minutes three times per year, per subject area tested in, Winter optional
All K-5th grade students will be assessed in the area of math in the Fall, Winter (optional) and Spring with MAP. All 4th and 5th grade students will also be assessed in the area of Reading. MAP is a computer adaptive assessment that measures each student's learning level. This assessment precisely measures student progress and growth and gives teachers instant access to information that helps them plan next steps for each learner.
MAP Assessment Windows:
Fall - August 22nd- October 6th, 2016
Winter - December 1st- February 24th, 2017
Spring - March 27th- May 19th, 2017

Cognitive Abilities Test -CogAT (State of Colorado required)
Total testing time- 90 minutes
Students in 3rd and 5th grade are assessed with CogAT in the Fall of the school year. This is an assessment that indicates the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student in comparison to grade and age mates. The results of these test scores will be used to drive instructional practices in the classroom, guide efforts to adapt teaching methods to the needs and abilities of students, and can be used as one component of the body of evidence to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming.
(Students in 1st, 2nd and 4th grade may be referred to testing by a parent and/or teacher. There is a deadline for the referral process. Letters went out this year both online and in Thursday folders with details).
CogAT Testing Window:
August 29th-September 20th, 2016

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers- PARCC (State of Colorado Required)
Total Testing Time: Grade 3 (8.25 Hours) Grades 4-5 (8.5 Hours)
This online statewide standardized assessment is administered in the Spring of each school year in the areas of literacy and math for all 3rd through 5th grade students. The PARCC assessments are designed to give schools and teachers more information to improve instruction. Moreover, PARCC is designed to let parents know how their child is progressing academically.
PARCC Assessment Window:
April 3rd-April 28th, 2017

Colorado Measures of Academic Success- CMAS (State of Colorado Required)
Total Testing Time: 4 hours
This online statewide standardized assessment is administered in the Spring of each school year in the area of Social Studies in 4th grade and Science in 5th grade. This is the state';s large scale assessment designed to measure student performance in the Colorado Academic Standards in Science and Social Studies.
Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will take the science assessments. The social studies assessments will be administered in grades 4 and 7 on a sampling basis to one-third of the schools in 2017. Franktown has been selected in this sampling. We will be testing in this area for the 2016-17 school year.
CMAS Testing Window:
April 10th- 28th, 2017
CoAlt (Colorado Alternative) for CMAS (students who qualify)
Total Testing Time: Individually administered and untimed

ACCESS for ELL';s (State/Federal Required)
Total testing time: 2.75 hours (or 165 minutes) total for Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing
ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).
Assessment Window:
January 9th- February 10th, 2017

DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps for students who qualify) - (State of Colorado Required)
Total Testing Time: Individually administered and untimed
The Dynamic Learning Maps™ (DLM®) project offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System.
Assessment Window:
April 3rd-April 28th, 2017


State Mandated Testing

State Mandated Testing

* If you are a parent/guardian who is requesting a paper version of the assessment, please email our School Assessment Coordinator, Chandra Baca at by December 15th, 2016.

As with any activity in school we wish to maintain a partnership with our families. In the event that you have concerns over any of our assessment practices, I encourage you contact me to discuss your concerns and to collaboratively move forward with an assessment plan that makes sense for your child, your family, and our student.

If a decision is made to excuse your child from testing, please fill out the Excusal Form (TBA and updated in October 2016) prior to testing dates.

Thank you,