Feb. 18, 2021
We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. This year, Colorado students in grades 6-8 take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in the areas of math, English language arts, and science (grade 8 only). Each subject area test is comprised of 3 units, ranging in time from 65 minutes to 110 minutes. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on CMAS testing.
This year’s window for CMAS testing is March 29 – April 30, 2021. Students will take their assessments on assigned, in-person instruction days. CMAS tests must be given in-person, which means students who are learning remotely will be required to come to the building for CMAS testing. Parents of remote leaners (Cohort C – Online Only) will be required to provide transportation to and from the building for testing on pre-assigned days and times.
Watson Junior High School will be administering the tests on March 30th through April 16th, although dates and times might be subject to change in the event of circumstances out of our control (weather delays, technology malfunctions, etc.). Students will test during their Block 2 Grey Day classes (6-8th grade language arts, 6-8th grade math, and 8th grade science) and, with the exception of make-ups, will not take more than two tests per day.
There are a few things that you can do to help us through this testing process:
- Ensure that your child has good attendance, especially on testing days. Make ups require even more disruptions to a child’s normal school day.
- Provide a good night’s rest and healthy breakfast, especially during the testing window.
- Be sure they come to school with their computers fully charged and their chargers.
State law permits parents to opt their child out of CMAS testing. Widefield School District 3 recognizes and respects the decisions parents have made this year regarding how and where their child engages in learning. It is your decision if your child participates in CMAS testing, and please know that negative consequences will not be imposed should you choose not to send him or her,
If you do not want your child to take the CMAS tests, please click on the link below. In order to schedule students appropriately, we are asking that you let us know by March 3, 2021 if your child will not be testing.
Thank you for your support of the staff and students at Watson Junior High. Please contact us at 719-391-3255 for any questions.