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.


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

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessment is given to students in 3rd through 8th grades. 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.


3. Parents can make informed decisions on school selection.

We at CECFC 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.


4. Colorado schools are “graded” on student scores and participation.

Federal law requires 95% of students take the required assessments. If the school or district fails to meet the 95% participation requirement, then the school or district’s plan type will be lowered one level. Because of YOU, our amazing students and parents, and our history of reaching this required 95%, we are able to 1) Open new schools 2) acquire grants 3) make autonomous instructional decisions and 4) Do what is BEST for your students and family.