The Eatonville School District’s assessment system is designed to serve two major purposes: instructional support and educational accountability. Current research and discussions of assessment approaches have led to a distinction between these two purposes as assessment of learning and assessment for learning. This distinction among assessments is based on the function they serve. State, district, building level, and classroom assessments may be formative or summative depending on how the information is used. While it is convenient to describe the components of a comprehensive assessment system separately, the effectiveness of the system depends on the interconnections of the parts.
Overview-Smarter Balanced NEW State tests
Washington will replace some of our state tests with new exams aligned to the Common Core standards in math and English language arts. The new exams are part of a comprehensive system called “Smarter Balanced.”
Which tests will students take this year?
Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, state tests include:
More information on state testing requirements can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/default.aspx
High school students must pass tests, or state approved alternatives, to be eligible to graduate. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. A student’s expected year of graduation is set when he/she enters the 9th grade. The state legislature determines graduation requirements. More information on graduation requirements can be found here and on the Washington State Board of Education website.
About one percent of students participate in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) a challenging program for students in special education. More information about the alternative assessment system can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/GraduationAlternatives/default.aspx
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP):
NAEP is a national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states. Federal law requires every state to give the NAEP in reading and math at grades 4 and 8 every two years. States and school districts that receive Title I federal funding to aid educationally disadvantaged students in high poverty areas must participate in these assessments.
Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA):
The WELPA annually assesses growth in English language development by the state’s English language learners (ELL). This assessment tests reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.