Washington State Assessments of Student Learning
(in short, state testing)
When is the required state testing this year?
The Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) will be administered to fifth grade students in science this year at Wolfle Elementary. This assessment will be given on Thursday, May 8th.
What is the new Smarter Balanced Field Test?
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have been developed to asses the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts, which State Superintendent Randy Dorn adopted in 2011. These assessments are new and will be completed as a trial field test this year. Because this field test is a trial run of new items and the test-delivery system, there will be no scores for individual students, schools, or districts. Rather, performance on individual items by students in many states will help determine how the new tests are used statewide in 2015. Although students will not receive scores, families should encourage their children to do their best.
Like the MSP, the Smarter Balanced test assesses how well students have mastered the state expectations for student learning. Students in all three grades will be tested in math and English language arts,and fifith graders will take the science portion of the MSP.
How Can I Learn More about State Testing?
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has a website that can answer many of your questions about the MSP and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. To connect to that site, click on the following link: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment.