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Why is student participation important for standardized testing?

 

1. Colorado standardized tests prepare students for life in the real world.

The tests (CMAS, PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and SAT) are aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards. They were modified to match content taught in the classroom every day and are designed to measure real-world skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing. All are skills that will prepare students for success in college and/or their chosen careers.

http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/stateassessmentsandacademicachievement

 

2. Each test builds on the previous assessment to encourage student success.

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state's common measurement of students' progress at the end of the school year in English language arts, math, science and social studies.  Students in grades three through eighth take the CMAS tests in math and English language arts.  Students in fifth, eighth and 11th grade take the CMAS science assessments.  A sampling of students in grades four, seven and 11 in about one-third of schools take the CMAS in social studies.  The PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 are given in 9th and 10th grade respectively and build on the CMAS while aligning with the state standards. The PSAT tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 9th and 10th-graders so that in 11th grade the students have been adequately prepared for that assessment.

http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/psat

 

3. Parents can make informed decisions on school selection.

We at CEC are thrilled with the new state assessments and the interactive reports that are generated. Parents receive scores that will demonstrate how well their student met state standards overall and how their scores compare to other students in Fort Collins and across the state. They are also informed as to which schools and districts perform best in preparing students for academic success.

http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/stateassessmentsandacademicachievement

 

 

Why do students need to take standardized tests? Part 1

Here at CEC, we offer a unique opportunity to our students by providing them with FREE college

because we LOVE to see our students soar and realize their dreams. In order to continue providing

this amazing opportunity to our students, we need YOUR help in understanding and participating in

required state assessments.

 

One of the main reasons students take standardized tests is that the federal government requires that

schools administer them.

 

States that accept federal funding to support the education of children in poverty, English language

learners, and students with disabilities are required to administer statewide assessments to all

students. Currently, Colorado receives approximately $350 million in federal funds for these and

related programs. The minimum federally required assessments are:

  • English Language Arts and Mathematics – grades 3 through 8
  • English Language Arts and Mathematics – at least once in high school
  • Science – at least once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school

 

The state of Colorado requires additional assessments as follows:

  • Social studies at selected schools in grades 4, 7, and 11 (Only of schools will be selected each year to administer social studies assessments)
  • PSAT in 9th and 10th grade
  • SAT 11th grade

 

Click here to read the complete article from CDE.

 

Did you know?

  • Every 4- year college or university requires a student to submit a SAT or ACT score.
  • Many Colorado universities only accept the SAT score.
  • The PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 tests offers students practice in taking the SAT and can help increase SAT scores.
  • College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to offer a FREE official SAT practice website
  • CEC provides a free SAT session to every 11th grade student. 
  • CEC will administer the PSAT 9 to every 9th grade student this spring.
  • CEC will administer the PSAT 10 to every 10th grade student this spring.
 
 
 

What are State Standards and why are they important?

The standards set by the State of Colorado provide clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level across 10 subject areas, including English language arts, math, science and social studies.  The standards incorporate future skills and essential knowledge that the next generation will need to be successful in college and in their chosen careers. The Colorado Academic Standards were updated in 2018 and were based on what colleges and universities expect from their incoming freshmen to ensure their continued relevancy. (https://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs-assessment)

 

 

Why do students need to take standardized tests? Part 2

Here at CEC, we offer a unique opportunity to our students by providing them with FREE college

because we LOVE to see our students soar and realize their dreams. In order to continue providing

this amazing opportunity to our students, we need YOUR help in understanding and participating in

required state assessments.

 

Standardized tests support our goal of ensuring that all students receive an excellent education and graduate ready to succeed in their chosen career or in college.  We use the results from standardized tests to reflect upon our educational programs in order to improve our instruction and curriculum, and to better identify those students who might need a little more support in particular courses.  The tests are designed to measure how well your student is progressing toward the knowledge that colleges and universities expect their entering freshmen to have before they begin their first year.

 

You can read more about standardized tests here:

(https://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs-assessment)

 

 

 

General Assessment Information-Colorado Department of Education (Many answers to questions related to the large-scale standardized assessment system in Colorado can be found in these links to Colorado statutes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSAT

PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Information

CSEC hosts the PSAT in the fall semester for National Merit Scholar consideration. Additionally, CSEC does proctor the SAT to CSEC 10th graders during the state mandated testing window in the spring semester each year.  

 

SAT

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

CSEC does proctor the SAT to CSEC 11th graders during the state mandated testing window in the spring semester of each year.   Look for more information on these tests ion the CSEC website.  CSEC does not host the SAT on the national testing dates.  

 

 

CMAS

http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/cmas

Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Assessment.  Details regarding testing dates will be sent to students closer to the opening of Assessment windows.  

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

http://official-asvab.com

CSEC typically hosts the ASVAB exam during the first few weeks of the spring semester each year.  It is open to CSEC students and students from other area schools that are in grade 10 or higher.

 

 

 

 

ACT 

http://www.act.org/content/act/en.html

CSEC no longer proctors the ACT.  If students are interested in taking the ACT, please use the link above.