STATE MANDATED TESTING Spring Testing Window: April 11-28

  •     9th Graders will take the PARCC in language arts and math
  •     10th Graders will take the PSAT (April 11th?)
  •     11th Graders will take the SAT (April 11th?) and CMAS Science

State Testing Excusal Form Directions (Parents: please complete ​immediately if you wish to excuse your student(s) from participating in state assessments)

PARCC Spring 2018

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

For more information on PARCC testing, visit

CMAS Spring 2018

Required by state law, the CMAS Science exams will be administered to the 11th grade in the spring of 2018. The Science assessment is computer-based and will only be available in paper format for students with accommodation needs that are outlined in their IEP.

For more information on the CMAS science test, click here.


The PSAT 10 is the practice SAT test. It is a DCSD mandate that all sophomores be given this exam at all high schools in the spring.

The fall PSAT/NMSQT test is normally taken by juniors and sophomores. It is used by the College Board as the qualifying test for identifying National Merit Scholarships (top 97% – 99%) for juniors. If taken as a sophomore, the score is considered practice and does not qualify for the scholarship.

For more general information on the PSAT, click here.


The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) is another general exam that can be taken for college admissions.   It is a state mandate that all juniors be given this exam at all high schools in the spring. Whereby most colleges accept either SAT or ACT, it is wise to check with the colleges. The exam includes critical reading, writing and math.  To register for additional SAT tests, visit

For more information on the SAT, visit



The American College Testing exam (ACT) is an exam taken by students for college admission. The ACT has four sub tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning.

Visit to prepare for the test and click here for a schedule of test dates and registration deadlines.