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Elementary Assessments

Elementary Assessments

Student assessments fall into three categories; those adopted by the school district, those required by the Office of the Superintendent of Washington, and those required by the federal government. Below you will find a brief overview of those used in Oak Harbor schools, as well as links to additional resources.

District Assessments

DIBELS (Grades K-5)

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are brief (one-minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early reading and early literacy skills.

 i-Ready Reading and Math (Grades 1-5)

  • i-Ready Assessments are computer-based and adaptive, providing valid, reliable and actionable data in a brief testing time.
  • Students are provided with personalized computer instruction guided by the results of the assessments.

State Assessments 

Measure of Student Progress in Science (MSP) (Grade 5)

  • The required Washington state end-of-year assessment that measures student achievement and growth in science. 

OSPI Developed Assessments (CBA)

  • District-required assessments at the elementary, middle, and high school levels that ensure students learn state standards in social studies, the arts, and health and fitness.

National Assessments

National Assessment of Educational Progress (Grade 4)

  • Broad View Elementary and Olympic View Elementary only
  • The NAEP is the nation's largest continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.  This year, one of the district's elementary schools was randomly selected to participate. 

Smarter Balanced Assessments (Grades 3-5)

  • The required Washington state end-of-year assessments measure student achievement and growth in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.

Refusal to Test

Parents may choose to not have their child take a particular test (commonly referred to as "opting out" but designated by the state as "refusal to test").  In order to comply with state and federal mandates to test every child, the district must document each refusal.  Parents who choose to not have their child take a particular test need to contact Liz Ritz, Director of Teaching and Learning ( or 360.279.5011) to access an online refusal to test form.