State Assessments

State Testing Overview Link
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Link

General Information Documents
1. Ready. Set. Succeed. - Video

2. ReadyWA - Hot Topic - Common Core

3. Ready WA - Common Core Standards

4. Smarter Balanced Adaptive Software

5. Smarter Balanced Core Componets

6. Smarter Balanced Parents Factsheet
 

State testing—It gives you the power!

As state assessment season approaches, we get lots of questions. The most popular one is, “Why should Hockinson students participate?”

The short answer is … Knowledge is power!

 

  • The power to understand: Assessments give schools, teachers, students and families information about where our students succeed and where they struggle.
    • Students and families learn where there might be learning challenges or a need for extra focus.
    • Schools and teachers learn if some methods and texts are not working for students.

      When we understand where our students succeed and struggle, we can find ways to help them learn the information and skills they need to succeed in life!

 

  • The power of insight: Assessment data give students and their families information that can help them decide which classes students should take next.

    When students understand their strengths, they can make college and career choices from a position of power.

     

  • The power to graduate: Remember! Several of these assessments are required for graduation. (For details, see http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/.)

 

Best year ever … or at least so far!

Hockinson’s course curricula have been updated to reflect the Common Core State Standards—the standards used for state exams.

 

Who takes these assessments and when?

Students take the annual “summative” assessments during the regular school day. In 2018, tests took place in the windows listed below.

Some of our teachers choose to give their classes “interim” assessments at other times of the school year. These tests are useful tools for measuring student growth and giving teachers feedback on what concepts students are understanding and where they might be struggling.

 

Grade

Smarter Balanced English (SBAC)

Smarter Balanced Math (SBAC)

 

WA Compre-hensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Washington—Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

3

May 1-June 1

May 1-June 1

 

 

May 1-June 1

4

May 1-June 1

May 1-June 1

 

 

May 1-June 1

5

May 1-June 1

May 1-June 1

May 1-June 1

 

May 1-June 1

6

May 14-June 8

May 14-June 8

 

 

May 14-June 8

7

May 14-June 8

May 14-June 8

 

 

May 14-June 8

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May 14-June 8

May 14-June 8

May 14-June 8

 

May 14-June 8

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May 2-17

 

10

April 19, 26

May 22-June 5

 

May 2-17

Oct. 14-April 6

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April 19, 26

May 22-June 5

May 22-June 5

May 2-17

Oct. 14-April 6

12

April 19, 26

May 22-June 5

 

May 2-17

Oct. 14-April 6

 

How can my student prepare?

 

  1. Be at school every day.
  2. Get a good night’s sleep—every night.
  3. Eat a satisfying breakfast—every morning.

If you’d like to check out a sample assessment, visit www.k12.wa.us/smarter.

 

Is taking the assessment important to my student’s school?

Yes. The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction requires 95 percent of students in each school to participate in the state assessments. Schools falling below that threshold fail to meet federal accountability requirements. In addition to offering a snapshot of overall school achievement, the data offers information on the achievement of specific student groups.