31 March 2021

 Dear Parents:

The United States Department of Education has approved a waiver submitted by the Colorado Department of Education asking for permission to scale back on state testing for the 2020-2021 school year.  This waiver was submitted in response to disrupted in person learning in many Colorado schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The waiver will allow schools in Colorado to test English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in alternating years.  Third, Fifth and Seventh grade students will take the ELA test.  Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth grade students will take the Mathematics test.  In addition to the Mathematics test, Eighth grade students will take a Science test.  Parents may request that their student be tested in both ELA and Mathematics if they choose.  The CMAS testing window is open from March 29, 2021 to May 14, 2021.  Junior high students will begin testing on April 1, 2021.  Elementary classroom teachers have set schedules to suit their needs.  Check with your students’ teacher for scheduling.    

High school students will take the PSAT 8/9 (freshmen), PSAT 10 (sophomores), or SAT (juniors).  PSAT and SAT tests must be taken in their entirety, students may not opt out of one section and they will be taking both the math section and the reading and writing sections.  The schedule for SAT and PSAT is set by CollegeBoard, and may not be changed.  The SAT will be given to all juniors on Tuesday, April 13; PSAT 10 to all sophomores on Wednesday, April 14; and PSAT 8/9 to all freshmen on Thursday, April 15. 

Parents may opt-out of CMAS or SAT/PSAT testing for their student but written, signed and dated, notification must be received by the building secretary before testing begins.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 719-523-6522 or by email at ginger.walker@spre4.org

 Sincerely,

 Ginger Walker

Jr./Sr. High School Counselor

District Assessment Coordinator