Testing and Assessments

Testing

Why 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 Learning Standards.

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)


Update April 15, 2020:  June SAT testing has been cancelled.  Click here for more information on upcoming SAT testing.

Notice of 2019-2020 State Testing: 

May 2nd SAT testing has been cancelled.  Students previously signed up for the May 2nd, will receive a refund and should have received an email about it.  https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates.  The next scheduled SAT test is June 6th and students need to register by May 8th.  

ACT rescheduled its April 4th test date to June 13th.  All students registered for the April 4th test should have received an email informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to the June 13th or a future national test date. http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19.html.

SBA has been completely cancelled for the rest of the school year.  OSPI sent an update last week that said “Because school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the year, Smarter Balanced summative assessments will not be available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  Students in the Class of 2020 who have not yet met the graduation pathway requirement may be eligible for the Expedited Assessment Appeal, which may be used to waive the pathway requirement.”

Some students at SKHS completed SBA testing and will be scored.  OSPI said “For students in your district who sat for the Smarter Balanced or ELPA21 summative assessments prior to school facilities closing, score data will be available. We are currently working on the most appropriate means and timeline and will let you know as soon as possible.”  


These tests has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year:
Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math: Smarter Balanced Tests
 

  • Aligned with Washington's State Learning Standards.  
  • 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: Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

  • The WCAS will be given to students in grades 5 and 8.
  • The WCAS measures the level of proficiency that students have achieved based on Washington State 2013, K-12 science learning standards at the intermediate grade and middle school level. 

Grade 10 ELA and Math: Smarter Balanced Tests

  • Washington's State Learning Standards in English language arts and math are designed to prepare students for career, college, and life.   
  • 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:  Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

  • The WCAS measures the level of proficiency that students have achieved based on Washington State 2013, K-12 science learning standards, high school standards. 


Visit the OSPI Timelines/Calendar for additional information.

Updated 4.16.20