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.
Students take the following state assessments by grade level:
|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|
All LWSD students take the following state tests, by grade level. Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts and Math are required for grades 3-8. The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science is required for grades 5 and 8.
Grade 10 students take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Grade 11 students take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.
Students must pass these state assessments for graduation:
|Class of 2019||Class of 2020||Class of 2021||Class of 2022|
|Smarter Balanced ELA||X||X||X||X|
|Smarter Balanced Math||X||X||X||X|
|Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science||X||X|
Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts (first opportunity in 10th grade) and the Smarter Balanced Math Test (first opportunity in 10th grade) for graduation purposes. Students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science in grade 11 for federal accountability purposes. It is not a graduation requirement until the Class of 2021.
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.