Prepare Your Students for Upcoming State Assessments

APS Parents and Guardians:

The foundation of our district’s strategic plan, APS 2026: Faces of the Future, is our community’s core beliefs. As we begin second semester, I would like to reflect on some of these core beliefs:

● Families are our partners in education.

● Students, families, staff and community members share the responsibility for student


● Students take an active and ongoing responsibility for their learning.

These core beliefs highlight the importance of why our partnership with you is vital in achieving our community’s vision that every student shapes a successful future. With this in mind, I would like to remind you that many of our students will participate in state testing this spring. Participation is important because results help students, parents and teachers understand whether students have mastered the content they need to know by the end of the school year to be on track for college and career success. We are asking for your help in preparing our students to do their very best on these upcoming assessments


Beginning January 10, all English Language Learner (ELL) students who have a designation of NEP (Non-English Proficient) or LEP (Limited-English Proficient) will take the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Summative Assessment. WIDA ACCESS measures a student’s progress in acquiring academic English. Please note that there is no opt-out option for these tests.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (all NEP and LEP students in grades K-12)

● Jan 10 - Feb 11, 2022


Colorado’s assessment system is called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). In 2009, Colorado implemented more rigorous academic standards known as the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). The new standards set clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at all grade levels. To accurately measure student mastery of these skills and expectations, Colorado adopted CMAS.

English Language Arts and Math (grades 3-8)

● March 21 - April 22, 2022

Science (grades 5, 8 and 11)

● April 11 - April 29, 2022

Participation Guidelines

While we encourage participation from all students in state assessments, state law allows parents and guardians to excuse their students from taking all state assessments, except WIDA ACCESS. If a parent or guardian would like to excuse their student from participating in an assessment, the parent or guardian must do so on behalf of the student. Please contact your child’s school for a District Opt-Out form.

Below, you will find the APS Assessment Guide and an FAQ that contains useful information. I encourage you to read through them carefully.

Thank you for your support in helping every APS student shape a successful future.

Rico Munn, Superintendent

Aurora Public Schools