Testing and Assessments

TestingWhy assess students in a variety of ways?

No one assessment tool can provide all of the answers needed to make good decisions. While the goals of learning may be the same for all students, individuals’ ways of achieving those goals vary. All students must be provided multiple opportunities for learning and for demonstrating understanding.

 Assessment in the South Kitsap School District includes a variety of measures intended to provide snapshots of what students know and are able to do. Each measure helps inform decisions about future learning goals. Together these snapshots create an album. This assessment album helps parents, staff, and students make decisions for future learning. These assessments also provide evidence of the progress our students are making toward the South Kitsap School District’s academic goals and Washington State’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALR's).

 Classroom-Based Assessments

  • Include interviewing, portfolios, setting goals, performances, products, demonstrations, essays, paper-pencil exams.

  • Occur in a continual manner in all grades.

  • Enable teachers to make ongoing decisions about instruction.

  • Promote self-reflection and self-assessment.


(The following exams are State Required)

Grade 2 Reading: Basic Skills Assessmen 
  • Measures oral reading accuracy and fluency skills.

  • Informs parents of their child’s reading skills, identifies actions the school will take to improve the child’s reading, and provides parents with strategies to help them improve their child’s score if the child performed below an appropriate level.

  • Tests given to students individually by their classroom teacher.

  • Results reported to parents at fall conferences.

Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math: Smarter Balanced Tests

  •  Smarter Balanced year-end summative assessments are not timed. Students may take as much time as they need to complete the tests. 
  • Testing will occur in multiple sessions, so students will typically spend one to two hours per day on the assessments over several days.
  • It’s important to remember that Smarter Balanced assesses writing at every grade level. 
Grades 5 and 8 Science: Measurement of Student Progress (MSP)  
  • The MSP will be given to students in grades 5 and 8.

  • Measures student performance against the state’s academic standards (EALR’s).

  • Evaluates student achievement in science.

Grades 9-12 Math and Biology: End of Course (EOC) Exams and EOC Exit Exams
  • EOC exams are based on previous Washington State Learning Standards in math. EOC exit exams are based on updated Washington State Learning Standards (Common Core), beginning in school year 2014-15. 
  • Students take the math and biology EOC exams as they complete the course, typically by the end of 10th grade.
  • 9th graders only take EOC exams if they are taking those specific courses.
  • Students will only take EOC exams if they have not yet met standard in that subject.
 
Grade 10 ELA: Smarter Balanced Exit Exam
  • The Grade 10 ELA Exit Exam will be given to South Kitsap students in paper/pencil format May 12-14. 
  • Measures student performance based on updated Washington State Learning Standards (Common Core).
 
Grade 11 ELA and Math: Smarter Balanced Tests
  •  Smarter Balanced year-end summative assessments are not timed. Students may take as much time as they need to complete the tests. 
  • Testing will occur in multiple sessions, so students will typically spend one to two hours per day on the assessments over several days.
Grades 11 and 12 Reading and Writing: High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
  • The HSPE will be available to 11th and 12th graders who have not met their graduation requirements in 2015, and to 12th graders in 2016. The dates for testing in spring 2015 are March 17 (reading), and March 18-19 (writing). 

Graduation Requirements

  • Students in the class of 2014 must meet standard on the reading and writing HSPE, one math end-of-course exam, a state-approved alternative, or an assessment for students in special education.

  • Students in the classes of 2015-2018 must meet standard on an ELA (English Language Arts) exit exam, one math end-of-course exam, and an end-of-course Biology exam.

  • Classes 2019 and beyond will be required to meet standard on Smarter Balanced tests in ELA, math, and science (Biology OR NGSS-Next Generation Science Standards).

Visit the OSPI website for additional information. 

Last Modified on October 29, 2014