Our state testing window begins on March 29, 2021 and extends through April 30, 2021. All hybrid students and eLearners will be automatically registered and scheduled to take the state-mandated assessments in person at Ponderosa.

11th Grade State-Mandated Assessments:

  • SAT (with or without essay)

    The default registration for all 11th graders is the SAT without an essay. Students who wish to take the optional essay must register for it in advance. Registration opens January 18, 2021 and closes February 16, 2021. This is the only opportunity for students who wish to take the optional essay to add it to their April school day test registration. Students may add the essay to their registration through their online CollegeBoard account or by calling the CollegeBoard at 866-917-9030 (Option 2). (HOW TO FLYER) Schools do not receive extra essay materials for test day changes, therefore, please be sure students who would like to test with the essay register during the window (January 18 to February 16).

  • Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) Science

10th Grade State-Mandated Assessment: PSAT 10

9th Grade State-Mandated Assessment: PSAT 8/9

While there is still uncertainty and ambiguity surrounding how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact this year’s instructional settings, a typical state assessment administration season is currently scheduled to resume in Spring 2021 as required by state and federal law. This information is based on current expectations; however, with most aspects of education, state assessments may need to be adjusted in response to COVID-19 conditions. We will continue to monitor state and federal assessment requirements and expectations as the school year progresses across Colorado and as COVID-19 responses evolve this year.

Study Resources 

Here is a list of free resources that are available for students so that they can continue to prepare for the SAT:

PSAT 10 Full-Length Practice Tests
SAT Full-Length Practice Tests
Free personalized SAT prep on Khan Academy
How to Link College Board scores to Khan Academy

Colorado Measures for Academic Success (CMAS) resources:
High School Science Colorado Practice Resources

Assessment Coordinator

Kristen HoganKristen Hogan
Assistant Principal

State Mandated Assessments

Spring 2021 Assessment Schedule (*Tentative)
  *Schedule subject to change due to COVID.

DCSD Assessment Policy (IK)

2020-2021 District Assessment Dates

State Assessment Excusal Process
Deadline: ASAP
To use the parent portal, you must have an active parent portal account. If you do not have a parent portal login, please contact your school registrar ( to request an activation key.


State Assessments-Why?


SAT: Word of the Day

Accessing Khan Academy

CollegeBoard Calculator Policy

SAT Full-Length Practice Tests

PSAT 10 Full-Length Practice Tests

PSAT 8/9 Inside the PSAT

Test Preparation

Khan Academy

Free SAT prep on Khan Academy

How to Link College Board scores to Khan Academy

College Direction

Doorway to College

High Performance Tutoring

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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