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Testing, Grades Measure Student Progress
State, district, teacher look at how a student is doing in different ways
Learning is the chief goal for students in Lake Washington School District. Teachers, administrators, parents, and community members all have that same goal. To reach it, students learn skills and concepts known as learning standards. Teachers base learning on the current State of Washington learning standards. They check student growth on these standards through assessments. Assessments help teachers, students, and parents / guardians understand what concepts and skills students know and can do and where students may need help.
 
Information about student learning and the performance of the school district is gathered from a variety of sources, including district and state assessments, and from the classroom teacher. Some of the major tests include the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), a test used to assess reading proficiency in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and the MSP (Measurements of Student Progress) in science, which measures student progress against a state standard. This year, LWSD will administer the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in grades 3-11 in English / Language Arts and in math. This state test will indicate if students are making progress toward the new state learning standards and toward college and career readiness.
 
Report cards
Report cards give parents and students a snapshot of each student’s current performance on the learning standards. Elementary report cards reflect a standards-based model where students are marked on whether they reach a specific learning standard. The scale is:
1 = not at standard
2 = approaching standard
3 = at standard
4 = exceeds standard
Middle schools currently use a traditional A-F model of grading. They are moving toward a standards-based grading model. High school grades are still reported using a traditional A-F model. That allows students to use their grade-point averages and transcripts for the college admission process.
 
Parent-teacher conferences are times for parents and teachers to meet and review the academic progress of a student. Regular parent-teacher conferences ensure that parents and teachers exchange information that can help both parties support students in their learning. Elementary conferences are held twice a year. In October, the student, teacher, and parents / guardians meet for a goal-setting conference. Students set academic goals before the conference. A second conference is held in January to review the student’s progress toward their goals. 
 
Middle and high schools do not have specific parent-teacher conference schedules. Parents should contact the teacher if they would like to discuss their student’s progress in a conference.
 
After a student has graduated, they may still need to have copies of their high school transcripts sent to a college, university, trade school, or perspective employer. Links are provided on this page to find out how to request transcripts from any high school in the district.
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