HB 17-1181 (Pettersen & Lundeen/Priola & Todd) Required State Assessment for Ninth-grade Students

Originally Posted: February 17, 2017
Last Updated: April 21, 2017


This bill aligns statewide, end-of-year testing for 9th grade to the high school assessment chosen every five years rather than the assessment used for grades 3 through 8. In essence, this will likely mean a transition to the PSAT-9, as long as the assessment aligns with the 9th grade content standards for math and English language arts. It also requires administration of the 9th grade assessment in the spring semester.


The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Students and families will continue to receive information about student growth in the critical transition year to high school, and transitioning to a test that is more meaningful to students and families may lead to higher participation. When the 10th grade assessment became the PSAT instead of PARCC-10, the state saw significant gains in 10th grade test participation.

Current Status

The bill passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses

April 14, 2017

Passed the Senate on 2nd reading and is now scheduled for a vote on 3rd reading in the Senate.

March 24, 2017

Passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously and moves on to the Committee of the Whole.

March 10, 2017

Passed the House unanimously and now heads to the Senate.

March 3, 2017

Passed the House Appropriations Committee unanimously and now heads to the House floor.

February 17, 2017

The bill passed the House Education Committee unanimously and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee.