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Colorado offers the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 in spring 2020.

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The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) chose the SAT Suite of Assessments for state testing because of the suite's strong alignment to Colorado's academic standards and its free practice tools. In spring 2020, Colorado public school students will take the following exams:

  • Grade 9: Colorado PSAT 8/9
  • Grade 10: Colorado PSAT 10
  • Grade 11: Colorado SAT or SAT with Essay

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  PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 Administration SAT School Day Administration Weekend SAT Administration* (Students testing with vouchers)
Primary Test Date* April 14–16, 2020 April 14, 2020 March 14, 2020
Makeup Test Date April 28–29, 2020 April 28, 2020 N/A
Accommodated Testing Window April 14–21, 2020 April 14-17, 2020 N/A
Activities (Tentative Schedule as of August 2019) PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 SAT School Day Weekend SAT
School Establishment September 2019 September 2019 September 2019
AI code confirmation December 2019 December 2019 December 2019
Off-site request deadline December 2019 December 2019 N/A
Request accommodations Through February 24, 2020 Through February 24, 2020 Through January 24, 2020
*March Weekend SAT registration deadline
Note: deadline is only for schools/students using a voucher to take the SAT on the March national test date instead of the April school-day test date. Registration deadline may be different for students who are taking the SAT on the March national test date at their own expense. 11th grade public school students who choose to take the SAT on the March national test date at their own expense are still required to participate in the April school day administration.
N/A N/A February 2020
(Vouchers arrive in December 2019)
Student essay opt-in window for SAT N/A January–Febraury 2020 February 2020
Review material order counts January 2020 January 2020 N/A
Receive coordinator planning kits February 2020 February 2020 N/A
Test day online training February–April 2020 February–April 2020 N/A
Preadministration materials in schools March 2020 March 2020 N/A
Conduct preadministration session March–April 2020 March–April 2020 N/A
Test materials arrive in schools Early April 2020 Early April 2020 N/A
Test administration April 14–17, 2020 April 14, 2020 March 14, 2020
Accommodated testing window (eligible students only) April 14–21, 2020 April 14–17, 2020 N/A
Window to request makeup materials April 14–17, 2020 April 14–16, 2020 N/A
Makeup test administration April 28–29, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020
Deadline to return materials* No later than May 1, 2020* No later than May 1, 2020* N/A
*Materials shipped after this date will not be scored.

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AI Codes

We'll give each school an attending institution (AI) code during the process to establish schools as test centers. We use AI codes to identify schools and connect students' scores to institutions. In most cases, your AI code will be the same as last year. Test coordinators will get an email in late December confirming their school's AI code.

School Establishment

We'll contact schools by late September to begin the establishment process. Schools must provide contact information for staff serving in primary roles to establish schools as testing locations. Primary roles include:

  • Test coordinator: Responsible for all test administration duties including room setup and planning, staffing, test day oversight, and handling test materials.
  • Backup coordinator: Responsible for coordinating the administration if the test coordinator is not available.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinator: Requests accommodations and works with the test coordinator. This will be the primary SSD coordinator for test day.

You can assign one person for all three assessments or assign different staff.

Requesting Off-Site Test Centers for SAT and PSAT

Most schools will serve as testing locations. However, if your school is virtual or if you don’t have enough room, test coordinators can request an off-site testing location. These additional locations must be approved by the College Board to ensure they meet testing, staffing, training, and security requirements.

A few things to note about off-site testing:

  • In addition to your primary test coordinator, your school must have a unique test coordinator for each off-site location. We'll send all communication to the primary test coordinator, who should disseminate information.
  • Off-site test coordinators are responsible for knowing which students are testing at their locations.
  • We ship test materials to schools. Primary test coordinators must arrange materials' secure transport to off-site testing locations.
  • Districts must set up off-site locations for suspended and expelled students.

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Students with Disabilities

Making sure that students with disabilities can test with accommodations is important to us. Students who need to take the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, or SAT with nonstandard materials must have their accommodations approved by the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

Accessing SSD Online

The SSD coordinator works with the test coordinator to administer assessments for students with accommodations.

SSD coordinators must use SSD Online to request accommodations for students. To access the system, they must:

You can submit accommodations requests after:

  • You get your AI code.
  • You get your SSD Online access code.
  • Your school chooses an SSD coordinator.

Accommodations Requests

Schools must submit accommodations requests for all students taking the Colorado-provided PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT. Most students already approved for school accommodations through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will be approved automatically for SAT School Day.

Many students only need their accommodations approved once, making it easy for them to take future College Board tests.

Submit accommodations requests through SSD Online. There are two types of requests:

  • College Board–approved: Students with these accommodations can send their scores to colleges. Once approved, most students remain approved for all College Board tests.
  • State-allowed: These accommodations are defined by the CDE. Scores are sent to students, schools, and the state, but aren't valid for college admission. The accommodations only apply to state testing and must be requested for each state administration.

Educators with students using accommodations for other state tests still need to use SSD Online.

Testing with Accommodations

If students need two days of testing, they should test on consecutive days. If a student is absent on the second day, they can continue when they return.

All testing must be done by the last day in the window, and there's no makeup test date for students listed on the NAR.

Supports for EL Students

The College Board offers many supports for English learners (EL) including translated test directions, approved word-for-word glossaries, and—new this year—50% extended time. Students using these supports will receive college and scholarship reportable scores.

Translated Test Directions

English learners taking the SAT Suite of Assessments during the school day will have access to the following translated test directions. In addition, schools may provide "on the fly" translations, using a district- or school-approved translator for languages not provided by College Board. Please note that these supports are not available for national, weekend SAT administrations.

Translated test directions for the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 will be available soon.

Approved Word-to-Word Glossaries

To make the SAT Suite of Assessments more accessible, English learner students can use approved word-to-word dictionaries or bilingual glossaries. A defined list of dictionaries and glossaries has been approved by the College Board for the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Students should be familiar with the glossary they plan to use on test day.

A few days before the test, schools must collect the glossaries students plan to use. School staff must check the books for any inappropriate writing or inserts. On test day, coordinators will distribute the books back to students to use during testing. The books should be collected right after testing.

Download the list of approved glossaries (.pdf/89KB).

Schools can let students use any one of these supports during testing. Usage doesn’t require pre-approval from the College Board and scores can be sent to scholarship programs and colleges.

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The College Board will provide materials and trainings to help test coordinators prepare for test day. As materials for the 2018-19 school year become available, we'll include them in this section.

Student Consent Forms

Students and families choose the voluntary information they want to provide. Either before or on test day, students can complete the Student Optional Questionnaire. The questionnaire includes basic information about the student (name, school, grade level, state student ID, sex, and date of birth) along with optional questions about student interests.

We use answers from the optional questions for various purposes, including connecting students to colleges and scholarship opportunities. Student or parent consent is required to participate in the optional questionnaire portion of PSAT 10 and SAT.

Test coordinators must collect student consent forms during preadministration or before test day. Schools should keep signed consent forms until students graduate or permanently leave. Schools don't need to return forms to the College Board or CDE.

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PSAT 10 and SAT School Day Student Data Consent Form

Students use this form to give their consent prior to filling out the optional test questionnaire.

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PSAT 10 and SAT School Day Student Data Consent Form (Spanish)

Students use this form to give their consent prior to filling out the optional test questionnaire.

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Roster and Master Student List

The College Board won't provide rosters. Test coordinators must make master student lists, or rosters of test takers, for SAT School Day. To create a master student list:

  1. Pull a list of all eligible students from your local student information system.
  2. Work with the SSD coordinator, using the nonstandard administration report (NAR), to identify students testing with accommodations.
  3. Compare the lists to identify the students testing in a standard room. For SAT, get the detailed roster report from the educator reporting portal to see which students will take the SAT with Essay.
  4. Review the "Build Your Master Student List for Testing" section in the coordinator manual for more information.

Conducting the Preadministration Session

Preadministration lets students complete the following tasks directly on their answer sheets, saving time on test day:

  • Filling out personal information fields.
  • Completing the PSAT 10 or SAT optional questionnaire. For these tests, students may opt in to Student Search Service.
  • For the SAT, students can choose up to four colleges or scholarship programs to send their scores to.

Student or parent consent is required to participate in the optional questionnaire portion of PSAT 10 and SAT. There is no optional questionnaire for the PSAT 8/9.

Below are the estimated durations for preadminstration:

  • SAT preadminstration: 60 minutes
  • PSAT 10 preadminstration: 30–45 minutes
  • PSAT 8/9 preadminstration: 15–30 minutes

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Testing Material Pickups

More information coming soon.

Not Tested Reasons and Invalidation Codes

For Colorado School Day, schools must return a completed answer sheet for every student. Each answer sheet should include the student's responses or the appropriate invalidation code indicating why the student didn't take the test.

Before packing and returning test materials, test coordinators should ensure each nonparticipating student’s answer sheet has the “Special Reporting Use Only” field completed correctly.

Before returning answer sheets, verify that:

  • A label is affixed (if provided).
  • The student's first and last names, date of birth, and state assigned student ID (SASID) are gridded on the answer sheet.
  • The "Special Reporting Use Only" field is completed per the instructions in the coordinator manual. Please note that in most cases, an invalidation code will be gridded for students who did not participate in testing. In other cases, an invalidation code may be used for a student who participated in the test, but who are newcomers to the U.S. or are part-time public/part-time homeschooled students.

Failures to adhere to these instructions may impact CDE participation calculations.

You will verify answer sheets after both primary testing and makeup testing. Answer sheets for students who do not participate must be coded and returned with other completed materials.

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Managing Access to the K12 Reporting Portal

Presentation from a webinar for Colorado that gives instructions for managing access to the K12 Reporting Portal.

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You'll get scores through the K–12 score reporting portal. This portal includes:

  • The Reports Centerpage, where you can configure, run, and print online reports.
  • The Download Centerpage, where you can securely download score data files to import into your student information system.

Score Report Help for Colorado Educators

This interactive tutorial will help you learn how to access and use online score reports and data files in the score reporting portal.

Watch the tutorial.

Getting Access to the Score Reporting Portal

You need two things to access student scores in the score reporting portal:

  1. A College Board professional account. If you don't have an account, create one.
  2. Permission from your institution's access manager. In Colorado, each district assessment coordinator has been designated as the reporting portal's access manager. There may be up to three access managers in your district. You'll need to work with your access manager(s) to get permission to use the portal. To find your school's access manager:
    1. Log in to your College Board professional account.
    2. Look under "Tools and Services" and click "K–12 Assessment Reporting."
    3. If you don't see "K–12 Assessment Reporting," you don't have access.
    4. Scroll down to "Add Additional Tools and Services" > "K–12" > "K–12 Assessment Reporting" > "Request Access."
    5. You should see the name and contact info of your access manager. Note that choosing "Request Access" from the portal dashboard doesn't notify your access manager. You still need to contact your access manager directly for access.

Once you have access, sign in to the score reporting portal to see student scores.

For detailed help using the score reporting portal, go to K–12 Assessment Reporting Help. Topics include running and understanding reports, printing reports and labels, and managing user access.

Resources for Getting Access

Video: Score Reporting Portal Access for Colorado District Assessment Coordinators

This training is designed to help Colorado educators learn how to access and manage the K-12 score reporting portal.

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Colorado Educator Access Scores Flyer

A flyer providing step-by-step instructions for creating a College Board online educator account and accessing score reports.

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Understand Educator Score Reports

The information, resources, and tools here can help you understand score reports and share tips with your students.

Comparing SAT and ACT Scores

Free concordance tools are available to help you compare SAT and ACT scores.

Guide to the 2018 SAT/ACT Concordance (.pdf/294KB)

You can also compare old SAT and new SAT scores:

Interpret Scores

Get the inside story on SAT scores and find out what the numbers mean.

Visit Interpreting SAT Scores

Score Resource Library

Get videos and downloads to share with students and families, as well as lesson plans, professional development resources, and data layouts.

Go to Score Resources

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Students with a College Board account can access online student score reports. Score reports provide a lot of feedback, and it might be hard for students to know where to start. Mean scores, percentiles, and benchmarks can help them put scores in perspective. Subscores and cross-test scores can help them identify strengths and weaknesses.

Take a tour of an online student score report with this interactive demo.

Help students sign in to their score reports.

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Resources

Webinars

Video: Colorado School Day Overview for District Assessment Coordinators Part 1

This webinar helps district assessment coordinators (DACs) understand how to administer the Colorado SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Topics include test day procedures, the school establishment process, 2019-20 program changes, and more.

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Colorado School Day Overview for District Assessment Coordinators Part 1

The accompanying presentation to the first part of the Colorado School Day Overview for District Assessment Coordinators webinar.

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Flyers

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Colorado Khan Academy Linking

A flyer outlining how to create College Board and Khan Academy online accounts. Students can use the flyer to learn how to link their accounts for personalized SAT practice recommendations based on PSAT 10 scores.

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Forms

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SAT School Day Testing Staff Agreement

A form for testing staff to review and sign before administering tests.

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PSAT 10 and SAT School Day Student Data Consent Form

Students use this form to give their consent prior to filling out the optional test questionnaire.

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PSAT 10 and SAT School Day Student Data Consent Form (Spanish)

Students use this form to give their consent prior to filling out the optional test questionnaire.

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Additional Resources

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2018-19 Understanding Your SAT Score Report

Includes information for students to learn how to read and interpret their SAT score report.

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PSAT 10: Understanding Scores April 2019

Use this guide to interpret PSAT 10 score reports. Includes percentile tables, means, and scoring details.

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PSAT 8/9: Understanding Scores April 2019

Use this guide to interpret PSAT 8/9 score reports. Includes percentile tables, means, and scoring details.

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Colorado Acceptable Calculator List for SAT

List of acceptable calculators for the Math Test—Calculator portion of the SAT. This list is from the Colorado Coordinator Manual for SAT School Day.

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Accommodations and Learning Supports E-Module

An on-demand training module for SSD coordinators. Use it to learn about types of accommodations, requesting accommodations, making SSD Online updates, and supports for English learners.

Forms

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EL Supports Consent Form

Parents and guardians use this form to grant consent for students eligible for EL supports. Students over 18 can also grant consent.

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EL Supports Consent Form (Spanish)

Parents and guardians use this form to grant consent for students eligible for EL supports. Students over 18 can also grant consent.

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Colorado Consent Form for Accommodations Requests

Use this form when a request for accommodations is submitted electronically. SSD coordinators must have a signed consent form on file at the school prior to submitting a request for accommodations.

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Colorado Consent Form for Accommodations Requests (Spanish)

Use this form when a request for accommodations is submitted electronically. SSD coordinators must have a signed consent form on file at the school prior to submitting a request for accommodations.

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Guides

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SAT: Understanding Scores 2019

Includes percentile tables, means, and scoring details for the SAT.

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SAT: Understanding Scores 2019 (Spanish)

Includes percentile tables, means, and scoring details for the SAT.

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2018-19 Understanding Your SAT Score Report

Includes information for students to learn how to read and interpret their SAT score report.

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PSAT 10: Understanding Scores April 2019

Use this guide to interpret PSAT 10 score reports. Includes percentile tables, means, and scoring details.

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PSAT 8/9: Understanding Scores April 2019

Use this guide to interpret PSAT 8/9 score reports. Includes percentile tables, means, and scoring details.

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Colorado Spring SAT School Day Sample Student Questionnaire

This handout describes the questions students will answer about themselves before testing begins, and whether or not answers are required for scoring.

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Colorado PSAT 10 Sample Student Questionnaire

This handout describes the questions students will answer about themselves before testing begins, and whether or not answers are required for scoring.

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PSAT 8/9 Student Guide

Information about the PSAT 8/9, official sample questions, and test-taking advice and tips.

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PSAT 8/9 Student Guide (Spanish)

Information about the PSAT 8/9, official sample questions, and test-taking advice and tips.

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PSAT 10 Student Guide

Information about the PSAT 10, official sample questions, and test-taking advice and tips.

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PSAT 10 Student Guide (Spanish)

Information about the PSAT 10, official sample questions, and test-taking advice and tips.

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SAT School Day Student Guide

Information about SAT School Day, official sample questions, and test-taking advice and tips.

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SAT School Day Student Guide (Spanish)

Information about SAT School Day, official sample questions, and test-taking advice and tips.

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Forms

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Colorado Student ID Form

Issue this form to students who need a photo ID for test-taking purposes.

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Flyers

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Accessing Scores From the SAT Suite of Assessments

Tell students how to get their PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT scores.

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Colorado PSAT-Related Assessment Benefits

Introduce students to PSAT basics and how it can help students get ready for college.

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Colorado PSAT-Related Assessment Benefits (Spanish)

Introduce students to PSAT basics and how it can help students get ready for college.

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Prepare for the SAT with Official SAT Practice

Step-by-step guide on how to link College Board and Khan Academy accounts for a personalized SAT practice plan for students.

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Prepare for the SAT with Official SAT Practice (Spanish)

Step-by-step guide on how to link College Board and Khan Academy accounts for a personalized SAT practice plan for students.

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Get to Know the SAT in Colorado

Introduce students to SAT basics, including free, personalized practice tools.

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Get to Know the SAT in Colorado (Spanish)

Introduce students to SAT basics, including free, personalized practice tools.

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2018-19 Colorado Student Data Policy

Distribute this resource to students before test day so they can share important information with parents and guardians about how their data will be used.

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2018-19 Colorado Student Data Policy (Spanish)

Distribute this resource to students before test day so they can share important information with parents and guardians about how their data will be used.

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Webinars

Video: Understanding and Using Scores from the SAT Suite of Assessments

This presentation helps Colorado parents and students interpret scores from the statewide SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations.

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Understanding and Using Scores from the SAT Suite of Assessments

The PowerPoint presentation accompanying the Understanding and Using Scores from the SAT Suite of Assessments webinar.

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Video: Share Test Results with Khan Academy

Students can use their scores to get free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy in just three steps.

Online Demo: Student Score Reports

Our new score reports provide insight on skills, access to tools for increasing college readiness, and more.

Contact Us

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