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Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.

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    State Assessments

    Parents can use state testing information to help student progress
    State tests are designed specifically to show how students are performing on the state standards. Parents can use results from state testing to see where their children may need help. Sample test items are available along with additional information on state tests. You may want to work through some of those questions with your child. You will learn more about their abilities.

    Parents play an important role in helping their children succeed on state tests. Keep the stress level low by explaining that by learning and applying themselves at school, they are doing the best test preparation possible. It might be helpful to explain that tests are like yardsticks. Schools use them to measure how well students are learning what is taught in school. Parents can also help by ensuring that children get plenty of rest during testing and they get a hearty breakfast on testing days.

    Tests by Grade Level

    Students take the following state assessments by grade level:

    Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11
    Smarter Balanced ELA X X X X X X X  
    Smarter Balanced Math X X X X X X X  
    Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science     X     X   X

    Testing accommodations for students with special needs

    As with any other aspect of education, students with special needs or disabilities should have an appropriate individual education plan (IEP) developed jointly by parents and school officials. This plan should detail appropriate instructional goals and assessments. Generally, any support or accommodation acceptable in the normal course of instruction may be used for State testing. Universal supports are included, such as additional time or special testing environments. State testing also has accommodations, such as the use of Braille or large print format test booklets. Testing supports and accommodations are set prior to computer testing, as well as paper/pencil testing, so students can practice with the correct tools to support their success. A complete list of supports and accommodations can be obtained by calling the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at (360) 725-6000.