assessments began changing in 2014-2015. Washington is a leader in
the state-led Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which
includes teachers, researchers, policymakers, and community groups
working together on new exams. These new tests align with the
Common Core standards to better measure what a student is learning and
how they progress year by year. Washington's students began taking the new
Smarter Balanced exams during the 2014-15 school year. The assessments
will be designed to test higher level thinking skills. The tests will be
given on computers, and will be adaptive, meaning the test will
automatically adjust its level of rigor for each question based on how
each student answers the questions. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will
take the new Smarter Balanced tests aligned to the Washington State
Learning Standards in English language arts (ELA) and math.
Smarter Balanced is more than just a once-a-year test. It’s a system, made up of three components:
- The Digital Library contains
on-demand professional development materials designed to help teachers
and an online collaboration platform to give them a place to share
what’s working in their classrooms.
- Interim assessments 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.
- Summative assessments 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.
To learn more about Smarter Balanced, use the links below.
schools in North Kitsap School District volunteered to participate in
the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) field tests in math
and language arts in the spring of 2014. The schools that participated
in the field test were:
- Suquamish Elementary School
- Vinland Elementary School
- Wolfle Elementary School
- Kingston Middle School
- Poulsbo Middle School
field test allowed assessment and education experts to make sure the
tests are fair and the questions work the way in which they are
intended. The Consortium is offered the field tests to students in many
states this year to determine what adjustments would be needed before
the tests were fully implemented in the spring of 2015. Participation in
the field test also allowed our schools to see what it’s like to
administer these new tests.
Because the field test was a trial
run of new items and the test-delivery system, there were no scores for
individual students, schools or districts for these five schools.
Rather, performance on individual items by students in many states
helped determine how the new tests are put together and what scores will
be needed to “meet standard” once the tests are used statewide in 2015.
Students in these schools did not take the state MSP (Measure of Student Progress) test, with the exception of 5th and 8th graders, who took only the science portion.