State Mandated Testing

Fall Practice Testing: October 24th (Optional)

  • Where: Castle View Commons
  • What: The PSAT
  • Who: Only 10th and 11th graders
  • We are limited to 265 student
CMAS
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.
PSAT
The PSAT 8/9 and 10 are the practice SAT tests. It is a DCSD mandate that all freshmen and sophomores take their grade level 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.
SAT
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. Where 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 College Board Website

Click here for more information on the SAT.

Important Links

State Testing Excusal Form Directions
District Testing Policy
District Assessment Schedule
Duration & Purpose of Assessments

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

If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the assessment, please email Katie Winsor (katie.winsor@dcsdk12.org) by December 15th.

The HB 15-1323 bill provides information on state-mandated testing. Click the link above to read more, including the duration and purpose of each assessment.

Parent Resources

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:

  1. What you learn in high school
  2. What you need to succeed in college

Free Student Practice through Khan Academy

The College Board has partnered with online educational provider Khan Academy® to provide free online SAT practice to all students. Creating a College Board and/or Khan Academy account is optional for students. The Colorado Department of Education strongly recommends that students and parents review and discuss the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies of these organizations prior to creating an online account.By creating a free Khan Academy student account at www.khanacademy.org, students are able to take 4 official full-length SAT practice tests, access thousands of practice questions, video lessons, and hints, and receive study and test-taking tips. In addition, students are able to personalize their SAT practice by taking eight diagnostic quizzes, or seeing personalized practice recommendations based on the student’s PSAT 10 results by linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts. For more information, visit www.khanacademy.org/sat.