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Testing

Why should my student test? The following text was taken from the testing refusal form and a letter the district provided last year stating why students should test. Feel free to do what you like with this section.

The state assessments assess critical state standards, including higher-level thinking, communication, reasoning, problem solving, and application of knowledge and skills in new situations. Teachers and primary educators gain information about students’ progress toward meeting grade-level expectations (what students should know and be able to do) in the core academic areas of reading, writing, math and science, and can plan instruction accordingly.

Practice on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) at younger grades can help students show their best performance on the High School state assessments.

These tests are used for state and federal accountability, as well as for assessment graduation requirements to earn a high school diploma through the Edmonds School District. The results from these tests will give a more accurate picture of whether students are on track to be ready for college or career after high school than our state’s previous tests.

Knowing your child’s achievement level (1 through 4) will help him or her choose which courses to take in 12th grade to prepare for college and career success. Our school will have access to the tests scores a few weeks after students complete the tests.

Students who score a 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced tests will be able to move directly into credit-bearing college-level courses (levels 100 and above) upon enrollment at more than 220 colleges, universities, and community and technical colleges in eight states, including Washington. This means they can bypass traditional placement tests students typically take when they enroll in college and avoid costly remedial courses.

Students who score a 1 or 2 will have the opportunity to continue working toward college and career readiness during their senior year. We will work with your child to make sure his or her course choices fit their goals for life after high school.

What are the tests

There are many acronyms in the testing world. Here are a few of them defined:

  • SBA ELA ACT & PT- Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Activity and Performance Task
    • Grades 3-8, 10/11
    • This test includes some multiple choice and short answer questions as well as a long response answer (essay)
  • SBA ELA CAT- Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Test
    • Grades 3-8, 10/11
    • This test is mostly multiple choice and some short answer. The questions adapt to the student based on their response to questions.
  • SBA MATH ACT & PT- Smarter Balanced Math Activity and Performance Task
    • Grades 3-8, 11
    • This test has fewer questions, but requires longer and more detailed responses.
  • SBA MATH CAT- Smarter Balanced Math Computer Adaptive Test

    • Grades 3-8, 11
    • This test is mostly multiple choice and some short answer. The questions adapt to the student based on their response to questions
  • MSP - Measure of Student Progress
    • Currently the only MSP tests are the Science MSP for 5th and 8th grade students
  • EOC- End of Course Exam
    • Current science state graduation testing requirement (Biology EOC)
    • Algebra and Geometry EOC tests meet the state math graduation testing requirement for the graduating class of 2018 and previous graduating years.
  • HSPE- High School Proficiency Exam
    • Only applicable to graduates in the class of 2015 and previous.

 

Who should test and what test do they take?

SBA Testing- The SBA tests two areas, English Language Arts and Math. For each subject there are two parts to the test, the activity and performance test and the computer adaptive test. In order to generate a score a student must take both sections of the subject test. For example, to generate a Math score a student must take both the ACT & PT test and the CAT test.

  • 3rd Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
  • 4th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
  • 5th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
    • MSP 5th grade Science Test
  • 6th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
  • 7th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
  • 8th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
    • MSP 8th grade Science Test
  • 9th Grade
    • No grade level specific testing

  • 10th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT
    • SBA ELA CAT
    • Biology EOC (Class of 2019 & previous)
  • 11th Grade
    • SBA ELA ACT & PT-only if they did not meet the “College and Career Readiness” standard in 10th grade.
    • SBA ELA CATSBA ELA ACT & PT-only if they did not meet the “College and Career Readiness” standard in 10th grade.
    • SBA MATH ACT & PT
    • SBA MATH CAT
  • 12th Grade
    • No testing unless student has not met all of their state testing requirements previously.

When is testing?

2016-2017 Testing Dates

Washington State Testing:

SBA Retakes (High School only): Nov 2-3

EOC Retakes (High School only): Jan 31- Feb 2

SBA (grades 3-11): May 1-4

MSP Science (grades 5 & 8 only): May 9-10

EOC (High School only): June 5-7

Optional Testing:

PSAT: ( grades 10 & 11)

Practice PSAT: (grades 8 & 9)

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More Questions?

How can I prepare for the tests?

OSPI is the best source of test preparation materials.

http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/TestQuestions/Testquestions.aspx

How do I sign up for testing?

Testing sign ups (except for retakes) will be available on Vesta closer to the testing window. The school will announce when test registration is available via the weekly EHK12 newsletter and on the EHK12 Facebook page.

How and When do I get testing results?

Testing score reports will be available for families to pick up from the office. The time frame varies depending on the test and when the score reports are delivered to the school. Scores can also be provided by the school testing coordinator approximately 3-5 weeks after the student has tested.


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