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State Testing
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Students at Alamosa High School will be taking state assessments April 9th-12th. Freshmen and sophomores will take the Colorado PSAT and juniors will take the Colorado SAT. College Board partners use information from these test scores to expand access to various scholarships. It gives our students, parents and schools good information about how those students are doing in the areas of math and English language arts. Most colleges and universities use SAT results to determine acceptance into their institutions and placement into classes. Juniors will also take the CMAS Science test which measures real-world skills like problem-solving and critical thinking.

State testing schedule:
Tuesday, April 9h: 11th graders, SAT 8:00-12:00
Wednesday, April 10th: 10th graders, PSAT 8:00-12:00
Thursday, April 11th: 9th graders, PSAT 8:00-12:00
Friday, April 12th: 11th graders, CMAS Science 8:00-12:00

Snacks and/or water will be provided during some of the breaks between sessions. Students who complete all testing sessions will be released from school at noon. Buses will run on their regular schedules and take students home at 3:26 pm if they are not picked up after their testing is over. Those students will be supervised at AHS if going home at noon is not an option. Classes will be running on a regular schedule for students who are not testing.

It is important to understand that our overall goal is to ensure that all students are prepared for college or careers when they leave high school. These tests provide a snapshot of how our students are progressing toward that goal and informs our teachers about their instructional practices. Each student will receive a score report, likely in August that shows them how they performed on the test, how well they are meeting state standards, and how they compare to other students at their school and with their peers across the state.

It is also important to know that these tests are just one measure of a student’s progress, and they are the only common measurement across the state that helps parents understand how their children are doing compared with their peers around the state, how the school is performing, and how the district is doing overall. The information from the tests also helps policymakers identify which schools or districts need help or which ones should be celebrated for their successes.

This spring’s tests will inform parents on what their children know, empowering families with knowledge and information to ensure their children get the best education possible, but it can only happen if students take the tests. Perhaps the best way to understand what the tests are all about is to take a practice test, which are available at the links below:
SAT: Satpractice.org
PSAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice/full-length-practice-tests
CMAS Science: http://download.pearsonaccessnext.com/co/co-practicetest.html

Alamosa High School 10th graders and 11th graders will participate in the PSAT 10 and the SAT in April 2019. Prior to taking the assessment each student will have the opportunity to complete a Student Data Questionnaire. Students will be taking a consent form and a student guide home to discuss the optional portion of the questionnaire with their parents/guardians. Please go to the following websites for more information:
PSAT 10: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/colorado-psat-10-student-consent-form.pdf
SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/colorado-sat-student-consent-form.pdf

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 587-6000. Thank you for working with us towards our vision of preparing our students to be life-long learners empowered to reach their greatest potentials.



Andy Lavier
Principal
Alamosa High School
Principals Message
Welcome
Students/Parents,

Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year at Alamosa High School! AHS is excited to offer outstanding academic and vocational programs that include a number of certificate earning programs, over a dozen Advanced Placement courses and a number of art and music classes. We are thrilled to offer of full load of technology classes in our new Teen Tech Academy made possible through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley. AHS had 12 students earn A.P. Scholar Awards where students who received an average score of at least 3.5 (out of 5) on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams were honored. Alamosa High School also offers a number of concurrent and dual enrollment classes where students can earn college credit while in high school. AHS has a new, state of the art agricultural education building with greenhouse and newly added outdoor athletic facilities. The Mean Moose have a proud tradition as one of the most competitive and accomplished athletic programs in the state. This is going to be a fantastic year for over 600 students at Alamosa High School. Go Moose!


Sincerely,

Mr. Andrew Lavier

Alamosa High School Principal