Colorado has canceled all K-12 state testing for the remainder of the school year

The College Board and the state are working on solutions for the SAT and PSAT.

Colorado Department of Education officials are concerned with the validity of testing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Colorado Department of Education officials are concerned with the validity of testing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Per The Denver Post, the state has canceled all end-of-year testing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“I’m a big fan of accountability and transparency in public education, but we will simply have to forgo incredibly useful data on student achievement for a year to help contain the virus,” Governer Polis stated. “Right now, students, families, and educators need to be focused on doing everything they can to keep families safe and stable. It is clear that COVID-19 will put extraordinary stress on our education system for the coming weeks and months. In order to ensure our schools and educators are able to spend as much time as possible on online instruction in a difficult situation, I support the decision to pause assessments and school accountability for this year only.”

Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes supported this sentiment, stating, “Students and educators need to feel a sense of stability and normalcy before state tests can be administered and produce valid results. This also means we plan to pause our school and district state accountability system as it relates to state assessments for a year.”

This comes after the massive spread of COVID-19 throughout Colorado, forcing the closure of most school districts throughout the state, including our own St. Vrain. The State is also working with The College Board to address the SAT and PSAT, as those are included in the cancellation.

Colorado’s department of education has gathered resources for information related to COVID-19 on its website, http://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools.