State Testing 2020

COVID-19 Update: 

As per the Colorado Department of Education, we will NOT be administering the CMAS Science test to our Juniors this year.

As of April 16th, the College Board still has not made a decision regarding the Colorado School Day SAT or PSATs that were scheduled for administration here at PCHS in April. As soon as we do get information, we will post it here, on all the "Class of " courses in Schoology, and send out a message to parents and students.

Regarding the national SAT dates (those that students register and pay for on their own, not those that were scheduled for April administrations at PCHS), College Board released this update on April 16th:

If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May. We’ll communicate directly with students when the exact date is available. 

Specific information about state and district testing (The Colorado School Day SAT/PSAT) will be shared in the coming weeks.

 In the unlikely event that schools don't reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, much as they’re delivering digital exams for three million Advanced Placement® students this spring. As we’re doing with at-home AP® Exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions.

Go directly to the College Board COVID-19 Update page for more detailed information.

9th Grade

PSAT-9: Date TBDPSAT 9 icon.JPG 

10th Grade

PSAT 10 icon.JPGPSAT-10: Date TBD

11th Grade

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SAT with Essay (Optional)

CMAS Sci icon.JPGCMAS-Science: Cancelled for 2020

psat2.pngPSAT/NMSQT (Optional): Oct. 2019

asvab logo.jfifASVAB (Optional): Nov. 6, 2019 & Feb. 18, 2020

12th Grade

asvab logo.jfifASVAB (Optional): Nov. 6, 2019 & Feb. 18, 2020


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our School Assessment Coordinators: 

TJ Airhart  ( 234-2646) 

Courtney Harrell ( 234-2663)

RegistrationAll enrolled 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are automatically registered. Parents and student do not need to do anything or fill out any paperwork to register to take the SAT, the PSATs, or CMAS Science.






How the results are used by PCHS:

  • Summary results are shared with adminstrators, faculty, counselors, and parents.
  • Student-specific results are shared with administrators, faculty, counselors, parents, and students.
  • Results may be used to determine if additional academic supports are necessary and/or if students' placement in courses is apporpriate.


Availability of Results: Typically, results are available in June or July, and can be accessed via students' College Board accounts.

Online resources:

Role of State Assessments

Colorado has a series of educational standards known as the Colorado Academic Standards that outline academic objectives for students in every grade across 10 content areas. Fully implemented in the 2013-14 school year, the standards are designed to ensure students are prepared to succeed in their path of choice upon high school graduation. Colorado has implemented a set of common assessments known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and PSAT/SAT. Academy District 20 publishes the assessment calendar each fall based on the CDE guidelines.  The 2017-2018 CMAS assessments will be administered in April 2018.  Each school will communicate their testing schedule on or before March 1, 2018.


Purpose and Value of State Assessments

CMAS and PSAT/SAT are the only common measuring tools for Colorado students. Measuring real-world skills like problem-solving and critical thinking, the tests are aligned to classroom work so teachers do not have to "teach to the test." Instruction based on the standards is the best preparation.


While state assessments are only one measure of student learning, having all Colorado students take this set of assessments provides parents with answers to these important questions:

  • Did my child meet the state standards on CMAS?
  • How well is my child doing compared to other students?
  • Which schools and districts perform best in preparing students for academic success?

Additionally, state assessment results provide:

  • Data and information districts can use, in combination with other district information, to evaluate programs.
  • Data and information educators need to help improve instruction.
  • Data and information regarding districts and schools that have struggling students, so help can be provided.
  • Recognition from the state regarding high performing systems so others may learn from them.

Fewer Tests, Faster Results

Since CMAS exams were first administered in the 2014-15 school year, we applaud the legislature and the State Board of Education as they have made several changes to decrease the number of tests student take and to shorten the tests.

  • High school students no longer take CMAS ELA and math, and instead take the PSAT and SAT college entrance assessments, which are also aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards.
  • CMAS social studies tests are given to only a third of students in fourth and seventh grades. Social studies will not be administered in 2017-18 to 11th grade students.
  • The State Board of Education and CDE are committed to continuing to look for ways to provide test results to districts faster.

Parental Excuse

State law allows parents to excuse their child from taking state assessments. Parents should know, however, that non-participation in state assessments means they will not have information on their child's attainment and growth on the state standards compared to other children. 

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