When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.
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|
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.