New student assessments tested at elementary school
March 5, 2013
Issaquah Valley Elementary School has volunteered to be one of 162 schools in Washington participating in the pilot test of the new Smarter Balanced assessments.
The pilot test, expected to involve more than 1 million students across the country in grades three through 11, is being conducted in several states through late May.
Aligned to the new national evidence-based, rigorous Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, the assessment system is designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.
The pilot testing is being limited to only one content area per school, and only fifth-grade students at Issaquah Valley will take the English language arts assessment. Because it is only a test of the assessment, the school will not receive the student’s test scores.
Information from it will be used to make adjustments during the next 18 months in preparation for full implementation.
The new assessments will be administered in spring 2015. They will replace the current Measurements of Student Progress for reading and math in grades three through five and writing in grades four and eight, and the High School Proficiency Exams for reading and writing.
“As we prepare to implement fully the Common Core State Standards, it’s important that we have next-generation assessments that reflect this change,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said in a statement. “We need to get this right. The successful implementation of Smarter Balanced assessments is a critical part of our goal to ensure all students are ready for college and careers by the time they graduate from high school.”
More information about the new assessments can be found at www.smarterbalanced.org. Learn more about the common core state standards at www.corestandards.org. Read about Washington’s current state assessments at www.k12.wa.us/assessment.