Smarter Balanced Participation goals

In its March meeting, the board voted to release a statement about the benefits of Smarter Balanced assessments. There are several good reasons for Washington students to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

On the assessments’ benefits, board chair Isabel Muñoz-Colón said, “Smarter Balanced assessments help Washington students in two ways. For students who are struggling, the assessment can be used by educators and other stakeholders to identify who needs help and target resources to those students and their families. Students achieving a level 3 or 4 on the assessment can be placed directly into credit-bearing courses at Washington colleges and universities. We now have a system where the pathway to college and career, though not perfect, is much clearer.”

For more information, read the board’s statement addressing participation rates for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and a set of goals about assessment participation and remediation rates (also below).

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3 Responses to Smarter Balanced Participation goals

  1. Lisa McGraw says:

    Hello, I’m curious as to how schools and the state are working with Running Start students to take the SBA? Since many of our juniors participate in Running Start and are not on our campus, they are not here to take the tests they need for graduation. Oftentimes, instructors at the community college mark students down for missing classes so it is not always feasible for students to miss a college class in order to take their state assessment. Now that the state assessment has been moved to the junior year instead of the sophomore year, this poses a new challenge for running start students and the counselors that advise them. I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be possible for the community colleges to start offering the SBA especially since it is now computer based instead of booklet form. Thank you for guidance on this.

    • Hi Lisa, Sorry for the delay! OSPI and SBCTC are working together with school districts and community colleges to accommodate Running Start students as much as possible. Some community colleges can offer the assessments because they have testing centers or community colleges on campus. For more on how this might look in your school, send an email to Christopher Hanczrik at OSPI. Let me know if you have any additional questions. ~ Stefanie

  2. Ashley Barthels says:

    Dear State Board of Education,

    The Calm Before the Storm

    The clouds are gathering and a storm arousing. The days are calm now, but before we know it, there will be a full fledged storm within the community. Students have been doing state testing for as long as we can remember. We are sophomores at Cheney High School. Our names are Carisa Wahl and Ashley Barthels.

    Right now, we have to do so much testing that we are overwhelmed with trying to keep good grades for colleges, and do good on all of our state testing to be able to graduate. The day, after day long testing takes away valuable class time because the tests we are given have multiple parts so we have to be pulled out of our classes, some being AP and honors classes, which then we fall behind and is harder to catch up. For the language arts state testing it took both of us over 7 days to finish that test when we were only supposed to take 7. We then had to get pulled out of classes in which we were trying to get prepared for state testing for those specific classes. We still have math state testing (SBAC) and the biology EOC to complete within the last couple weeks of school on top of various finals. If we didn’t have all the testing we have, we could have learned more by the end of the year, because we wouldn’t have been reviewing for the testing and taking the test which that takes up approximately 2 weeks of school, or sometimes even more, where we could have learned a new unit.

    When do you think enough will be enough? By writing this, our proposal is to decrease state testing in various subjects throughout Washington State. The storm is slowing starting to arise and before long parents are going to be opting their kids out of state testing. What are you going to do when over half of the kids are opted out of state testing? Are you going not let them graduate? This is just a warning before the storm emerges more. We would like to suggest that you quickly do something before the storm is in full effect.

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