The Curriculum and Assessment Department is responsible for the oversight of school curriculum grades K - 12 including the Instructional Materials Curriculum Review Committee (IMC) and the required state and school assessments to measure student progress.
As a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, students in the State of Washington now take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. This includes all students in Grades 3-8 and 11. Click here to take a Smarter Balanced Practice Test, and here are other tools to accompany the SBA Practice Tests.
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in ScienceUntil 2014-15 the MSP was the primary state assessment for all students at Grades 3-8 in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. From 2014-15 on, the MSP Science assessments will continue to be administered to all students in Grades 5 and 8.
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st CenturyAdministered in February or March each year to students in kindergarten and Grade 1. The purpose of this assessment is to determine initial student eligibility for English Language Services. The WELPA is given to students whose families answer yes to: Is your child’s first language a language other than English? on the Home Language Survey.
OSPI-Developed Assessments in Social Studies, The Arts, Health and Fitness, and Educational Technology (a.k.a the CBAs)CBAs administered in Social Studies and Health & Fitness. CBPA administered in Fine Arts. CBAs and CBPA are administered once each year to each student in grades 5, 8 & 11. Washington State supports the development of classroom-based assessments that are based on the state’s learning standards and help guide day-to-day instruction. State curriculum specialists create tasks and questions that model good assessments and provide them to local school districts. For more information on CBAs and CBPAs please go to: www.k12.wa.us/assessment/default.aspx and scroll to the bottom of the page.
STAR Early LiteracyA benchmark screening and progress monitoring assessment system at the primary levels from kindergarten through Grade 1 and above.
STAR ReadingA benchmark screening and progress monitring assessment system from Grades K through 12. Students receive this assessment in the fall, winter and spring.
STAR MathA benchmark screening and progress monitoring system for assessing growth in mathematics achievement. STAR Math is administered to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in the fall, winter and spring. Students who score below grade level are assessed more frequently (progress monitored) in order to measure growth in response to interventions.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams:
The Advanced Placement program was designed for high school students and offers them the opportunity to take college-level courses at the high school. College and university professors and high school teachers develop the course materials. Students are able to demonstrate the concepts and skills mastered through academic-specific tests. Students who receive a satisfactory score on any of the tests might receive college credit or be allowed to waive a specific introductory college class. Tests are given on various dates depending on the test subject area. For further details, contact your high school counselor.
PSAT: The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: Critical reading skills, Math problem-solving skills and Writing skills. The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to: Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study, see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college, enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11) and help prepare for the SAT. The PSAT is administered in early Spring to all students in Grade 10 at no cost to families. For further details, contact your high school counselor.
SAT/ACT: Grades 11 & 12The SAT and ACT Tests are designed to assess a student’s academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships. The SAT is the most widely used college admission test. The SAT test is administered in early Spring to students in Grade 11 at no cost to the families. The fee for students to take the ACT test is paid by the parent/and or guardian. For further details, contact your high school counselor.