In spring 2015, students in the state’s 295 school districts took the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessments in math and English language arts (ELA) for the first time, outperforming initial projections against tougher college and career ready learning standards.
In grades 3-8, Washington students performed at or near the top in most grade levels and subjects compared to other Smarter Balanced states.
More than 50 percent of 11th graders refused to take Smarter Balanced tests in spring 2015. But 74 percent of 10th graders who took the Smarter Balanced ELA test passed at a college- and career-ready level – and 82 percent met the graduation requirement threshold. In eight states, including Washington, the high school Smarter Balanced tests serve as college placement exams and can help students avoid remedial courses in college if they score a Level 3 or 4.
“State testing helps districts determine if they are meeting the needs of all their students equitably and fairly, or if they should make adjustments,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “It helps families know how their child is doing in school and whether he or she needs more help or more academic challenges.
“Testing also gives us another piece of information – just like discipline and attendance rates – to determine the health of our public school system.”
Ready Washington released three new videos today that provide the basics on 2016 state testing, WA’s learning standards and the State Board of Education’s 95/10 Challenge. The videos are available at www.youtube.com/ReadyWA.
- State Learning Standards & Testing (translations in 16 languages)
- Planning to Go to College? (translated in 9 languages)
- FAQs on State Testing
- What Students Are Saying About Smarter Balanced
- Top 3 Reasons to Take the Smarter Balanced Assessment
- Opt in for Student Success
- Smarter Balanced in Washington
- Graduation Requirements in Washington