Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) administers CMAS to give parents, the public, and educators a uniform source of information about how well students and schools are achieving in relationship to the common core state standards. SWAAAC Teams play an important role by ensuring that students with disabilities have access to the accommodations that they need during assesment. Get the latest information on CMAS from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) here.
Accommodations are changes made to the standardized assessment procedure that provide a student with access and equal opportunity when taking the CMAS. Accomodations that might be used are described in the following document from the Colorado Department of Education. View the 2014-2015 Colorado Accommodations Manual (pdf).
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
Some students will be eligible to participate in DLM assesments. The IEP team determines if a child is eligible for this alternate assessment. The DLM is designed to measure what students with significant cognitive disabilities know and can do. For more information please visit the Colorado Department of Education's website. SWAAAC Teams are involved with these individual students access needs because of their high need for modifications and reliance on specialized equipment and assistive technology.