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State Report Card on Meridian

The state report card contains district and school data on student achievment (including disaggregated), participation rates, accountability, and teacher qualifications.  

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representatve and contiuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subject areas.  It is a sampling of 4th and 8th grade students accross Washington.  The attachments at the bottom of this webpage show how Washington students compare to students across the United States.  For results from the State Report Card on NAEP http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/NAEP/reports.aspx

State Assessment

http://www.readywa.org/resources.html is a link to high-level information on Washington’s K-12 learning standards and assessments in 16 languages.

Statewide testing is important because it helps ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education.

Washington students are regularly tested by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. In high school, they must pass specific exit exams, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to earn a certificate of academic achievement/high school diploma. (Assessment is one of four graduation requirements.)

OSPI develops or selects and administers all state assessments. We also report achievement data for students, schools, districts and the state. These data help districts and schools decide which teaching practices and curricula best support student understanding of the Washington State Standards. They also give families valuable information about how well their child is doing and where additional help might be needed.

One requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is that states have their assessment programs approved for technical quality by the U.S. Department of Education. Washington’s assessment program has received a “Fully Approved” rating through this process.

To learn more about state testing, visit www.WAtesting.com or email StateTesting@k12.wa.us.


The SBAC (Smarter Balances Assessment Consortium) will replace the many of the HSPE/MSP assessment for the state and are based on the CCSS (Common Core State Standards)

Take the SBAC practice test at https://login4.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V42/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c…

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a bipartisan, state-led group developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math.

The Common Core standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.

More than just a once-a-year test, Smarter Balanced is a system:

“Summative” tests are required. They will take place during the last 12 weeks of the school year. These computer-based tests will help schools evaluate how well their students performed by comparing them with students from other schools across the nation. The end-of-year assessments also will empower families by providing them with a clear indication of how well their children are progressing toward mastering the academic knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness.

“Interim” tests are optional. They are flexible, non-secure periodic assessments to be offered at teachers’ and schools’ discretion throughout the school year. These computer-based tests will provide meaningful feedback that teachers can use to help students succeed.

How will Smarter Balanced be integrated into our state assessment system?
Our assessment system is determined by the state legislature. How these new tests will fit into the assessment system has not yet been finalized across all grades. To receive updates as they become available, please sign up for OSPI’s monthly e-newsletter TEACH.
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Here’s what we know:

Starting in the 2014-15 school year,

  • The new Smarter Balanced tests will replace the math, reading and writing portions of the MSP students in grades 3-8. The science portion of the MSP (tested in grades 5 and 8) will remain the same.
  • 11th graders will take the high school level of the new Smarter Balanced tests, but meeting standard on the tests is not a graduation requirement until the Class of 2019.
  • Students will not take the new Smarter Balanced tests in grades K-2, 9, 10 or 12. 


Other State Assessments

Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/CAAoptions/default.aspx

Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS- for Students with IEP’s) http://www.k12.wa.us/Assessment/AlternativeAssessment/default.aspx

Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/EL/default.aspx


District Assessments

MAP– (Measures of Academic Progress) is given to students from second grade through tenth grade three times a year, and is used by teachers, schools, and the district for formative information for students including interventions.  You can get specific scoring information for your student from your teacher.  Depending on the grade level students are assessed in math, literacy, language, and/or science.   Additional information on the assessment can be found at http://www.nwea.org/

DIBELS– (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) – a short fluency assessment given to students from Kindergarten through fifth grade on a monthly basis.  It is used as a formative assessment for teachers as well as a screener for interventions.  More information can be found at https://dibels.uoregon.edu/

STAR Renaissance Learning– Various math and literacy assessments and instruction as an intervention in a variety of grades.   This includes Accelerated Math.   For more information http://www.renlearn.com/sel/

Classroom Based Assessments(CBA’s)- These assessments can include spelling or end of unit tests.  It can also include in class state assessments in social studies, the arts, Physical Education and Health.

There are a variety of other assessments used by our school psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Special Education Teachers, and other specialized staff.  Those staff will be able to answer questions on a case-by-case basis.


Assessment Supports for SBAC

Guidelines on Tools, Supports, and Accomodations:  http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/pubdocs/GuidelinesToolsSupp…