Assessment

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    Students in grades K-4 participate in several district and state assessments throughout their elementary career.  The information derived from these assessments:
    1. Assists teachers in designing lessons/activities to meet individual student needs
    2. Provides feedback to students and parents; highlight areas of strength and areas needing improvement
    3. Provides a snapshot of how Crescent Harbor students are progressing
    4. Provides a snapshot of how Crescent Harbor students are progressing compared to other students in Washington State and /or across the nation
    District Testing:            
    • DIBELS:  Kindergarten - 2nd Grade (Reading fluency), administered fall, winter, spring for all students, and more frequently for those students not performing at grade level    
    • i-Ready Reading and Math:  1st-4th Grade (Reading and Math comprehension), administered fall, winter, spring              
                         
    State Testing:  grades three through five are tested in the spring.
    • Math and Reading -- Grades 3 & 4 
    • Writing (2 days) -- Grade 4
     
    Report Cards
     
    Parents can expect to see report cards the week after the end of the quarter/trimester.  Report cards are usually sent home with students unless conferences are scheduled, in which case they will be handed out at conference. 
     
    Please be aware that year end report cards will be held for students with overdue library books or unpaid library fines until materials are returned and/or fines are paid.
     
     
    Smarter Balanced Assessments- What Families Need to Know:
     
    In 2015, all schools in Washington State will begin replacing required tests with new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in math and English language arts (ELA).  The new assessments are intended to help determine how well students are mastering core subjects, and ultimately, how ready students are for college and career education. The new exams are a part of a comprehensive system that is still under construction called Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) which will eventually include:
     
    • An online end-of-the-year test given during the last 12 weeks of school;
    • Optional tests available throughout the year to evaluate if students are on track to achieve their year-end goals;
    • A digital library of professional development materials and instructional tools for teachers;
    • A secure online reporting system that will show student achievement and progress toward understanding the standards.
     
    Please remember that various portions of these services are still under development by the State.  
     
    Expect lower test scores at first
     
    During a national pilot of the new tests, less than 40% of students passed. That’s about half as many students as passed the current state tests in Washington including MSP and HSPE, This is because both the standards and the tests are new. This is typical during a transition as students, teachers, the state, curriculum authors and test-makers make adjustments.  That means early results are not an accurate reflection of student learning. However, over the next two to four years, test results are expected to improve and become more reliable nationwide.
     
    Who takes the new tests?
     
    This spring, students in grades 3-8 will take the new Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts. High school juniors will take the new Smarter Balanced tests that will measure college- and career-readiness in math and English language arts. This year, sophomores will also take the English language arts Smarter Balanced test for the first time as their exit exam, but with a lower required passing score that has not yet been determined by the State. 
     
    What’s different 
     
    The new assessments will include performance measures that allow students to demonstrate research, writing, and analytical skills. Instead of only multiple-choice tests, students will be asked to analyze and process information, write essay responses, and answer in-depth questions to show how much they understand and can use the instruction presented in the classroom. The tests are also computer-adaptive, automatically adjusting the difficulty of the questions as the student is taking the test. A key feature of the new assessments is that they are not timed, so students can take breaks that allow them to do their best. As with prior state assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners have been built into the system so that student progress can be accurately measured.
      
     
     
    Common Core State Standards
     
    Washington and 42 other states adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2011. Over 70% of the CCSS are the same as our state’s prior standards. Common Core standards are learning goals for grades K-12 in math and English language arts. CCSS are intended to provide consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in English language arts and mathematics. We’ve made adjustments to our curricula to better align with the new standards. However, like other districts nationwide, this work is ongoing as we learn more about the tests and new resources are developed at the state level.
     
    Resources
     

    State Testing (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)