Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing
February 12, 2015 GWHS

The landscape of standardized testing continues to evolve. The TCAP tests we have administered in the past are being replaced by Colorado’s new assessment system called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). CMAS incorporates new science and social studies assessments developed by Colorado and new English language arts and mathematics assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

These new assessments will be administered on a computer and focus on college and career-readiness. Students will have clear information about whether they are working at expected levels and are on track for postsecondary success. Given the online nature of the test, both teachers and schools will receive timely and useful data to help inform instruction.

The English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments will occur in the Spring, broken up into two parts: a Performance Based Assessment and an End of Year component. You can click HERE to see a full schedule for the spring. Please note the days that your student has a late arrival or early release.

The participation of students taking these assessments will impact the school and it’s teachers. If we do not meet a 95% rate of participation in the 2015 assessments, our performance rating will be dropped one level. We ask for your support in maintaining GW’s reputation of rigor. We believe these new assessments will be a valuable tool in helping to ensure that your child is successful in these critical subjects. Good instruction based on standards and assessment of student learning cannot occur in isolation of one another. Together they provide valuable insight into student learning and achievement and guide our instructional practice.


José Martinez | Principal
George Washington High School