State Assessments

COVID-19 Update for 2019-2020 School Year

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) submitted a waiver to the United States Department of Education (USED) on March 20, 2020, in regard to federal assessment and accountability requirements.  The CSDE has received approval from the USED that Connecticut can begin to implement the provisions in this waiver which includes no summative testing (Smarter, NGSS, CT SAT, CTAA and CTAS) and no Next Generation Accountability for the 2019-20 school year.  Since many students in Grade 11 use the Connecticut SAT School Day for college acceptance/placement, the CSDE will work closely with the College Board to determine how best to afford all students the opportunity to take an SAT assessment either this spring or sometime in the future. 



Connecticut SAT School Day

  • Grade 11: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Make-up dates:  April 28-29, 2020

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Next Generation Science Standards Assessment

At Daniel Hand High School only Juniors will be taking state mandated tests this spring.  Juniors will take the SAT on Wednesday, March 25th. If school is cancelled or delayed on this date, the State has determined April 28-29th to be used as make up dates.   

Juniors will also be taking the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment on Thursday, March 26th. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in November 2015. This spring is the second operational year of the NGSS Assessment and students in Grades 5, 8, and 11 are required to participate.  Student score reports are scheduled to be reported in early fall of 2020.

For both tests, directions for testing start at the beginning of the school day.  As always please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast.  Below you will find links with more information about the tests. These links are also on the DHHS website.



Smarter Balanced  Assessment Consortium Testing

  • Grade 3: May 4-8, 2020
  • Grade 4 & 5: May 11 - 15, 2020
  • Grade 6-8: May 11 - 20, 2020

CT Alternate Assessments

CT Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS)

  • Grades 3-8 & 11: March 23 - June 5, 2020

CT Alternate Assessment (CTAA)

  • Grades 3-8 & 11: March 23 - June 5, 2020


English Language Proficiency Assessment

English Language Learners in Grades K-12 

  • January 2nd – March 6th 2020