Colorado’s high school seniors can take the SAT for free this fall

Colorado’s high school seniors will be able to take the SAT for free on a school day come fall, the Colorado Department of Education announced Thursday.

Gov. Jared Polis suspended all K-12 state testing for the remainder of the school year as the coronavirus pandemic prompted a disruption to learning with the mass closure of school buildings to prevent the spread of the highly contagious respiratory illness.

“Given the SAT plays an important role in the lives of Colorado‚Äôs high school students as a means of demonstrating readiness for graduation and postsecondary experiences, as well as providing scholarship opportunities, a commitment was made to investigate alternative testing options,” the state education department said in a news release.

Students unable to take the SAT on the designated school day this fall — which has not yet been announced — would likely be given a voucher to participate in a national administration of the test.

The results of the SAT would not be used for school or district accountability, which has been paused for the 2020-2021 school year, the state education department said.

An administration of the test this fall depends on adequate state funds being available, the news release said.

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