Posted April 5, 2023

Dear MCT Families,

The PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and 11th-grade SAT assessments are free, and students are automatically registered for them each year. Please be sure your student is in school and on time for these assessments on their assigned testing day. For students in grades 9-11, the Colorado PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and 11th-grade SAT assessments will be administered at our school on the dates listed below:

April 12. 2023–  All 9th Grade Students take the PSAT 9 (9:00am-12:30pm)

April 12. 2023–  All 10th Grade Students take the PSAT 10 (9:00am-12:30pm)

April 12. 2023–  All 11th Grade Students take the SAT (9:00am-1:30pm)

Testing will begin on time each day and students will need a photo I.D. to enter their testing room. See the detailed schedule below. MCT P/SAT Plan

Purpose and Value of State Assessments

PSAT/SAT and CMAS are the only common state assessments for Colorado students that measure real-world skills like problem-solving and critical thinking. Because the assessments are aligned to the college and career readiness standards that are taught in our classrooms, teachers do not have to “teach to the test.” Instead, good instruction based on the standards will be the best preparation for students.

In Denver Public Schools, results from the state assessments are combined with our district or school-based assessments and other student information to create a full picture of your student’s learning experience in our schools. This helps parents and educators answer important questions such as:

  • Did your student meet the expectations at their grade level to be on track for the next level of learning?
  • Does your student need additional services and/or support?
  • How well did your student perform compared to other students across the state?
  • How well did your school do overall in meeting performance and growth goals throughout the year?

Our goal as a district is to be able to answer these questions about every student we serve. 

Our goal is to get 95% of our students in grades 9-11 to take the required assessments. These assessment results are then used to assign performance ratings to Colorado schools and districts to let them and their communities know how well they are doing. 

Parent Exemptions

While state testing provides valuable information about your student’s academic achievement and growth, Colorado statute allows  parents to opt their students out of testing without consequences to the student, school, or district.  If you plan to exempt your student from state testing, please contact your school to receive an opt-out form. The form needs to be completed and returned to the school before testing begins.

To ensure your student has the best experience on test day, please make sure your student is well-rested and arrives on time for testing day.  For more information about state testing in Colorado, click HERE.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.  Thank you, and go EAGLES!

Renee Talmich, Assistant Principal
Montbello Career and Tech
Denver Public Schools