State Testing Fall 2020

Seniors and Juniors:

SAT (Class of 2021) and PSAT/NMSQT (Class of 2022)

Due to the changes in schooling last spring and the subsequent cancellation of the Colorado School Day SAT and PSAT-10, College Board and CDE (Colorado Department of Education) are offering a free school-based SAT for seniors and a free school-based PSAT/NMSQT for juniors.

SAT (Colorado School Day administration)

·        WHO: Seniors (Class of 2021)

·        WHERE: Pine Creek High School (in-person, in-building)

·        WHEN: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

·   Testing begins promptly at 7:45 a.m.

·   All classes for all grade levels will not be held on Wed., Sept. 23rd due to the SAT test administration for seniors.

·   Buses will run at normal time in the morning and will depart PCHS at 12:30 p.m.

·   Note: Students taking the SAT with Essay or who have an accommodation of extended time will need to make their own transportation arrangements.

·        DETAILS:

o   Students do not need to register.

o   There is no fee for the SAT test.

o   Students that registered for the SAT with Essay in the spring, are automatically registered to take the SAT with Essay at this administration.

o   Only seniors participating in the SAT administration will be in the building on test day; this will allow for social distancing and approximately 10-12 students per classroom for testing.

o   The SAT for seniors is optional and not required for any student. If you do not want to take the SAT, please opt-out of the test by emailing the School Assessment Coordinator (T.J. Airhart) at teresa.airhart@asd20.org.

o   For more information on House Bill 20-1407, which makes SAT scores optional for college admissions to some colleges, click here.


PSAT/NMSQT (PSAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test)

·        WHO: Juniors (Class of 2022)

·        WHERE: Pine Creek High School (in-person, in-building)

·        WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

·   Testing begins promptly at 7:45 a.m.

·   All classes for all grade levels will not be held on Wed., Oct. 14th due to the PSAT/NMSQT test administration for juniors.

·   Buses will run at normal time in the morning and will depart PCHS at 12:00 p.m.

·   Note: Students who have an accommodation of extended time will need to make their own transportation arrangements.

·        DETAILS:

o   Students do not need to register.

o   There is no fee for the PSAT/NMSQT test.

o   Only juniors participating in the PSAT/NMSQT administration will be in the building on test day; this will allow for social distancing and approximately 10-12 students per classroom for testing.

o   The PSAT/NMSQT for juniors is optional and not required for any student. If you do not want to take the PSAT/NMSQT, please opt-out of the test by emailing the School Assessment Coordinator (T.J. Airhart) at teresa.airhart@asd20.org.

o   For more information on the PSAT/NMSQT, go to www.collegeboard.org, or click here.


Questions?

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


TJ Airhart  (Teresa.Airhart@asd20.org 234-2646) 

Courtney Harrell (Courtney.Harrell@asd20.org 234-2663)

RegistrationAll students are automatically registered for their respective state tests. 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.

 

Cost

 

 

 

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. For Fall 2020, we expect results to be available by January 2021.

Online resources:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org

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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