Vashon Island School District

To equip every student to engage, thrive, and contribute within an ever-changing world.

Assessment 

Standardized testing in our school district.
 
Information about student performance on state assessments, teacher qualifications, and school population demographics is available at OSPI’s District Report Card site.   The "National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest national representation and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. See how Washington State students are doing in the areas of reading and math.
 
 

Classroom Based Assessment:

These are teacher driven assessments both formal and informal that help monitor student growth and inform instructional practices. 
 

Building Level Assessment:

These are team driven assessments used to screen students for targeted services such as reading and math support, English language learner services or highly capable services. They also allow the teams to monitor student progress towards targeted learning goals.

 

State Level Assessment:

The following assessments are requirements of the state and/or federal governments.
 

WaKIDS (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills)

WaKIDS isn’t a “test.” Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities. This helps teachers find out what each child knows and can do at the beginning of the school year. Knowing more about children’s entering skills and strengths helps teachers and parents work together to support student growth in the kindergarten year.

Before October 31, teachers take an inventory of each child's developing skills in six areas:

  1. Social-emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Cognitive
  4. Language
  5. Literacy
  6. Mathematics

They use an observational tool called GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies®.

 

Parents who wish to excuse their children from participating in this inventory should notify their building principal in writing during the first week of school, or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

The state is phasing in WaKIDS in all state-funded, full-day kindergarten classrooms.

 

State Developed Assessments

These classroom activities are administered by teachers of social studies, arts, health & fitness and educational technology. These activities assess how well students have mastered the state level essential academic learning requirements in these different content areas. The assessments are required by our state.
 

Measures of Student Progress (science) 

These state assessments are given in 5th and 8th grade. They typically occur in the last six weeks of the school year. These assessments are required for state and federal accountability.
 

High School End of Course Exams (math and science)

These state assessments are given in the 9th or 10th grade year. The mathematics end of course exams will be phased out with the class of 2018. The science exam is currently given in the 10th grade year. These assessments are required for state and federal accountability.
 

Smarter Balanced Testing

Students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 take the Smarter Balanced Assessments annually each spring (typically in the last six weeks of the school year). Students take two online exams: English language arts and mathematics. These exams assess student progress towards meeting the Common Core State Standards including college and career readiness. These assessments are required for state and federal accountability. Please click on this link to read about how colleges and universities are using the high school scores for college-bound students.
 

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

The ELPA21 annual test is given to all students who qualified for English language learner services with a placement screener test. It measures students’ growth in English language knowledge and skills. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue to receive English language learner services.
 

Helpful Resources

 
 

Test Refusal

We strongly discourage parents/guardians from excluding their child(ren) from the state assessments. Some of the critical consequences when our students do not take the Smarter Balanced Assessments include:
  • Teachers and staff lack full information about the instructional needs of students who do not take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which could lead to some students not receiving all the instructional support they might need to be successful later in school.
  • Our school district is deprived the opportunity to fully analyze district performance in the core content areas of English language arts and mathematics.
  • Students who do not take the Smarter Balanced Assessment prior to high school will not have had the opportunity to practice and get feedback before taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment as a graduation requirement.
  • Students in the class of 2019 and later who do not meet standard on the High School Smarter Balanced Assessment will not receive a high school diploma.  Students in the classes of 2017 and 2018 will need to pass a state assessment that includes items that mirror the Smarter Balanced Assessment in order to receive a high school diploma. 
If you still desire to exclude your child from testing, please complete our Test Refusal Form and return it to your child's school office. Please be aware that your child is expected to attend school during the testing window and participate in alternative learning activities at the teacher's discretion. If you have any questions, please contact your child's school administrator or counselor.
 
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