Your Child's Progress 2015-16 - Page 6

State Testing in Washington: Grades 3–8 The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires yearly testing of students in grades 3–8 and once in high school in English language arts (ELA) and math, and in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school in science. Washington state also requires students to pass specific tests to be eligible to graduate from high school. State Testing Windows Testing is scheduled within the windows listed below. Contact your local school district to find out which dates your child will be testing. State Testing FAQ Why does my child need to take state tests? Most students in grades 3–8 will take the Smarter Balanced tests in ELA and math, and the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science. These tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) take alternate assessments in ELA, math, and science, called the Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM). State testing is required by state and federal laws. It isn’t the only way to find out how a student is doing in school, but it might help identify learning issues sooner rather than later. STATE TESTING WINDOWS In high school, passing state tests or approved alternatives shows students have a solid foundation of academic skills, no matter where they went to school or what they choose to do after they graduate. May I view my child’s test? Students learning to speak English in grades K–12 will take the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). This assessment measures growth in reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills in English. Students who score at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced levels on the ELPA21 qualify to receive help learning English. 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th ELA      Math      Science English Language Proficiency *  t t t t t 9th 12th    **    **  **, + t t t t Apr 18– June 3: MSP Science 3 Level Nearly Meets Achievement Standard: May require further development to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in a subject. 2 9th graders take a biology EOC exam only if they are taking that specific course. Students who take a biology EOC exam before 10th grade and meet standard do not need to retake it in 10th grade. Passing a biology EOC exam is required for the Class of 2017 and beyond. + Students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their IEP take an alternate science assessment in 11th grade, rather than 10th grade, when the biology EOC exam is typically administered. t Necessary only for students learning to speak English. Students test to qualify to receive support and continue to test, annually, until they reach English language proficiency. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Old Capitol Building P.O. Box 47200 Olympia, WA 98504-7200 Smarter Balanced Level Meets Achievement Standard: Demonstrates progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills in a subject. t ** Necessary only if student has not met state assessment graduation requirement. Mar 7– June 10: 4 11th * ELPA21 Level Exceeds Achievement Standard: Demonstrates advanced progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills in a subject. 10th  Feb 1– Mar 11: What Does a State Test Score Mean? Tests by Grade Level in 2015–16 3rd WA-AIM OSPI provides score reports for every test your child takes. Contact your local school district to find out when your child’s score reports will be available. For test security reasons, students may not discuss the content of state tests with their friends and family. However, families are welcome to review their child’s tests after they are scored. State testing should never be the sole judge of a student’s academic skills and knowledge. If you have questions about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher or school. Oct 19– Apr 8: Level Does Not Meet Achievement Standard: Needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in a subject. 1 August 2015, Publication No. 15-0037