Standardized Testing at BMS
While we know standardized testing is not always a popular topic, it does provide BMS with important data on student growth and areas of need. Below you'll find information on how BMS participates in standardized testing. For more information, contact Principal Ellsperman at (970) 384-5901. For Roaring Fork School District information on assessment, click here..
Every winter, students in the English Language Development program take the ACCESS test to assess English language proficiency. This annual test measures a student's progress toward acquiring academic English and is administered to all students identified as an English Learner in grades K-12 on computers. For more information, visit:
- Colorado Department of Education: https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/ela
- WIDA, which creates the ACCESS test: https://www.wida.us/assessment/
CMAS stands for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success. CMAS is the acronym for the entire bundle of standardized tests that Colorado students now take. For general information from the Colorado Department of Education, Click Here
2018 CMAS TEST SCORES: If you would like to understand how to read your child’s scores, visit:
CMAS: Science and Social Studies
The Science CMAS is given to 5th and 8th graders every spring. The Social Studies CMAS is given to 4th and 7th graders ever three years. BMS administered the CMAS Social Studies test in the spring of 2018. These are online tests. Parents receive a printout with score results the following fall after they're taken.
CMAS: English Language Arts and Mathematics (formerly known as PARCC)
CMAS is the test Colorado uses for the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math standardized testing required every year. This test is given to all four grades each spring in a three week window and is an online test. CMAS measures how a student performs on a particular Common Core standard. Those who score in the top two levels are considered more likely to go on to college based on their background knowledge. Parents receive a printout with score results the following fall after the test is taken.
- To understand how to read your child's test report, click here
The window for testing takes place in the spring. We will communicate these dates to families as soon as they are scheduled. Contact the front office for details and please don't schedule absences during these days.
NWEA is an assessment to measure annual growth by grade. The district now allows the NWEA to be optionally given as needed with the exception of once annually in the spring. It may be used for more frequent data checks on students as desired by the individual school.
NWEA is an adaptive and online test. The Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level as they test. Assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn— is available within 24 hours. NWEA scores can be compared to national norms. Growth depends on the grade level as opposed to a particular standard.
Parents receive a printout with score results in the spring after the annual assessment is given. The window for NWEA testing is in the spring. We will communicate those dates as soon as they are scheduled. Contact the front office for details and please don't schedule absences for these dates.
For more information on NWEA, visit: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/standards-alignment/colorado/