Fall 2021 State Testing Update

  • 9/16/2021

    Last spring’s Smarter Balanced and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) testing were postponed to fall 2021 as the state prioritized critical in-person instruction time for the benefit of students, families, and district staff.  

    Next month many students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in Math and English Language Arts and some grades will also take the WCAS. See the table below for details.

    Grade level

    4th

    5th

    6th

    7th

    8th

    9th

    10th

    11th

    12th 

    SBA ELA

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

     

    X

     

    SBA Math

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

     

    X

     

    WCAS

       

    X

       

    X

       

    X

    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction submitted and had approved a testing waiver to postpone these annual assessments until this fall. This waiver also allows us to significantly shorten the assessments to maximize student learning time. Students will only spend a short amount of time on each subject test. More details on the state’s fall  testng plan may be found here.

    The results from these abbreviated assessments provide a picture of students' academic achievement based on previous learning. For example, 4th grade students will be given the 3rd grade assessments (that they would normally have taken in the spring). Knowing your student’s achievement level (1 through 4) will provide an important piece of information as the school year progresses. Teachers will use this information to plan lessons and units to build on student strengths.

    Your student’s teacher will be able to provide more information about your student’s skills in ELA, math, and science. We will have access to preliminary SBA and WCAS test scores a few days after students complete the online tests.   

    All Washington students will return to the typical annual assessment schedule by completing the spring administration covering this year’s content in May or June.

    For more information about the tests, visit: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview, and click on the name of the test.

    To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test or WCAS training test, visit: https://wa.portal.cambiumast.com/.

    Sincerely,

     

    Cynthia Cantwell

    Assistant Director, Assessment and Data Literacy

    Cynthia.Cantwell@BremertonSchools.org

Assessment

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    The Bremerton School District participates in federal and state mandated assessments.  Subjects included in the Washington State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math will be assessed using the Smarter Balanced system along with  the End-of-Course assessments for high school Algebra or Geometry and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century. Until new science standards are adopted, students will continue to be assessed using the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) in grades 5 and 8 along with the End -of-Course Biology for high school. For additional information, please review the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website.
     
    We also use data from the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing SKills (WA-KIDS), the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS), EasyCBM for mathematics and other classroom-based assessments to provide a better quality education for our students. Information about testing is available through our district office and individual schools. 

     
    Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Website for answers to many frequently asked questions. Still can't find the answer you need? Email Cynthia Cantwell or call 360.473.1016. 

     

    Washington State OSPI Report Card - State and Federal Mandated Assessment Results and Data

     

    Under ESSA provisions, we are required to report school and district achievement please visit the OSPI Report Card or call 360.473.1016 or email Cynthia Cantwell.

     
     
     
     
     
     

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