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How to read MAP Assessment MAP testing platform measures students ability at their grade level and informs teachers what they’re ready to learn next in real time; the results are available immediately. The testing system adjusts to each student’s performance to create a personalized assessment to see if your student is on, above, or below grade level. 
For more information about MAP Growth and to help you understand MAP results, visit the Family Toolkit, as well as the documents below. 

CMAS (formerly known as PARCC) - The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state’s common measurement of students’ progress at the end of the school year in English language arts, math, science and social studies. CMAS encompasses the Colorado-developed science and social studies assessments as well as the English language arts and math assessments developed with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)-developed. CDE is working with Colorado educators to develop state-specific test items in English language arts and mathematics to appear on future years’ CMAS assessments.

DIBELS NEXT - The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

CoGAT - The CogAT Test measures the level and pattern of cognitive development of a student compared to age mates and grade mates. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.
ACCESS - For ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.
High School Assessments

PSAT - The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. More than 3.4 million high school students (mostly juniors and sophomores) take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year.


Frequency 1 time/year
Duration 2 hours, 45 minutes
Sections Math, Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
Cost Fees are paid by schools
Max. Score1520
ACCUPLACER - ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. For over 30 years, ACCUPLACER has been used successfully to assess student preparedness for introductory credit-bearing college courses. ACCUPLACER delivers immediate and precise results, offering both placement and diagnostic tests, to support intervention and help answer the challenges of accurate placement and remediation.
SAT - The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board. 
SAT Length 3 hours (plus 50 minutes if taking optional Essay)
  • Math
  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 
  • Essay (optional)
Highest SAT Score 1600
Average SAT Score 1060

ACT - The ACT is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

ACT Length 2 hrs, 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if taking ACT with writing)
ACT Sections
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing (optional)
Max. Score 36
Avg. Score 21