Assessments

SAT Testing (From College Board) - 4/6/2020

We know students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect their college application process, including taking the SAT. We’re committed to being flexible and innovative to give all students opportunities to test as soon as the situation allows. We’ll share more details as soon as possible, but right now we can tell you the following:

  • Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June. We’re working with test centers and we’ll decide whether we can safely hold that administration as soon as it’s feasible, given the evolving public health situation.

  • We’ll add U.S. and international test administrations in response to canceled administrations. We’ll be flexible in making the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. We’re looking at a range of creative solutions to address increased demand and are in direct conversations with states and districts about School Day administrations. Throughout, we’ll continue to place a special focus on students with fee waivers and those with accommodations.

Spring 2020 CMAS and CoAlt :  Administration of the CMAS (all content areas) and CoAlt (science an social studies) assessments has been paused for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Ponderosa High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a variety of national assessments to serve the needs of our students. The assessments you find in this section are given to assist with college admission, program placement, and serve as a means of ensuring a top quality education.

PSAT/NMSQT/SAT

PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT Information is located on the College Board website: https://www.collegeboard.org/

SUBJECT TESTS
The SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that let students distinguish themselves in the college admission process by highlighting their strengths and interests in a specific subject areas, including math, science, history, literature, and languages. For more information, visit satsubjecttests.org.

PSAT/NMSQT/SAT

College Board and Khan Academy have joined together to help prepare students for the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9).
The website has the information needed to sign up for FREE assistance: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Students can also visit sat.org/practice to access a FREE official SAT practice app, full SAT practice tests, and sample SAT questions.


(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.)
Khan Academy Privacy Notice

CollegeBoard Advanced Placement



Offering more than 30 courses, the College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both while still in high school. Advanced placement information can be found by visiting the AP website: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap

ASVAB



The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a career and vocational test used by the military to determine aptitudes in reading, math, science, as well as mechanical and vocational aptitudes. For more information about the ASVAB, please visit their website: 
ASVAB explained.

The ACT



ACT® dates, times and locations can be found by visiting the ACT® website: actstudent.org 
The ACT® is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.


Assessment Coordinator

Anitra GallegosAnitra Gallegos
Assistant Principal
anitra.gallegos@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4007

Parent Resources

Parent Portal Login
Updating Parent Portal Info
• If you do not have a portal account, contact the registrar at: peggy.laverty@dcsdk12.org

Resources

SAT: Word of the Day

Accessing Khan Academy

PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10 Calculator Policy

SAT Calculator Policy

Daily Practice App

SAT Practice Tests

PSAT 10 Practice Test

PSAT 8/9 Inside the PSAT

State Mandated Assessments

DCSD Assessment Policy

PHS:  HB15-1323

2019-2020 District Assessment Dates

State Assessments - Why?

Assessment Excusal

• You must have a Parent Portal account prior to excusing your student from assessments.  (See Portal sign-up instructions above.)

Parent Portal Login
Updating Parent Portal Info
• If you do not have a portal account, contact the registrar at: peggy.laverty@dcsdk12.org

SAT-letter to families - 
Student Data Questionnaire
PSAT 10-letter to families-  
Student Data Questionnaire

Test Preparation

CollegeBoard & Khan Academy Account Set Up

Khan Academy




Disclaimer: The links under test preparation will guide users to sites outside of Douglas County School District.  While we do not believe any of these sites will have inappropriate content, Ponderosa High School and the DCSD are not responsible for their content.

 

 

 

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