State Mandated Testing


Parent Excusal Form

If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the assessment, please email Hannah Reese by December 15, 2016.

Testing | MAP

Teachers will notify their classes of their specific testing dates.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child will take on a computer. This means that the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. If your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier. Therefore, your child will be taking a test specifically created for his or her learning level.  Data collected from these assessments will be used to measure individual student growth.  Class placement decisions will be made based on this data so it is vital that students do their best in order to be assigned to the correct classes. In order to get the most accurate and meaningful assessment data, please ensure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast and has plenty of rest on test days.  For more information please click here.  

Testing | PSAT 8/9

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All STEM 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 in October. The PSAT 8/9 is the “practice” SAT test which helps students and teachers predict performance on the SAT exam, and tailor instruction to the individual needs of students.  

Testing | PSAT 10

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All STEM 10th grade students will take the PSAT10 in April. This is the state mandated Spring exam for Sophomores. Scores from this exam also predict performance on the SAT, and are used by parents, students, and teachers to inform preparation for the SAT.

Testing | PSAT/NMSQT

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All STEM 11th grade students will take the regular PSAT/NMSQT (not the PSAT 10) in October.  Information bulletins and preparation materials will be sent home with students prior to Fall Break. The PSAT is the “practice” SAT test which is also used by the College Board during a student’s junior year as a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  STEM 10th graders will also take the PSAT10 in April as mandated by the State.

PSAT score reports All juniors who take this test in October are notified in January that they can access their scores online through their College Board accounts.  In late January/early February, students are invited to attend optional PSAT information sessions (PPT attached below) where paper score reports and test booklets are distributed and reviewed.  Paper score reports and test booklets are distributed during class registration meetings to students who do not attend the information sessions. 

Helpful P/SAT Resources

College Board, "Inside the Test"-preparing for PSAT8/9College Board, "Inside the Test"-preparing for PSAT10 and PSAT/NMSQTCollege Board, "Inside the Test"-preparing for the SATCollege Board PSAT/NMSQT Score Report video

Helpful YouTube video on how to link account to Khan AcademyPrinceton Review PSAT/NMSQT presentation to STEMHelpful Guide: How to access your online PSAT score reportComparing PSAT to SAT & ACT helpful chart
Princeton Review PSAT 8/9 presentation to STEM


Testing |  SAT
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The SAT is another test taken by students for college admission. Colorado uses the SAT for state mandated testing for Juniors in the Spring. Students wishing to take the exam again can do so via national testing sites.

Testing |  SAT Subject Tests
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The SAT Subject Tests are only required at certain colleges, generally those of more selectivity. These one hour tests are available in a variety of subjects and consist of primarily multiple-choice questions.

Testing |  AP Exams

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STEM offers several AP courses to students. Those who take these courses have the option of taking an AP test in the specific content area to receive potential college credit.  AP Exam dates are determined by College Board and are held in May each year.

This Spring, all AP exams, except AP Computer Science & Physics C, will be hosted by ThunderRidge High School. Please follow the directions below to sign up for the test.

Testing | ACT

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The American College Testing exam (ACT) is an exam taken by students for college admission, typically during the junior year of high school. The ACT has four subtests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The Writing test is optional, but most colleges want to see a Writing score so you are well advised to take a test with Writing at least once. Visit  to prepare for the test. This exam will not be offered at STEM, but you can sign up for one of the national testing dates.

Information about test prep classes at STEM can be found on the College & Career Planning page.