Category Archives: Assessments

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 … Continue reading

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Exit exams for high school graduation

Dear stakeholders: At its meeting last week, the State Board of Education adopted a position statement on the subject of requiring exit exams for high school graduation. The statement and the supporting materials have been posted to the SBE website. … Continue reading

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Building Additional Capabilities into the Washington Achievement Index

With each new school year, the State Board of Education is building additional capabilities into the Washington Achievement Index. This is a great tool for principals, staff, parents, and advocates. And now, more than ever before, you can understand the … Continue reading

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Poverty Correlates With Proficiency More Than Growth

As the State Board of Education works towards a revised Achievement Index, it is taking a close look at the relationship between poverty and proficiency compared to the relationship between poverty and growth. Our analysis of the first simulations of … Continue reading

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Incorporating Student Growth Strengthens the Achievement Index, Outcomes for Students

The Washington State Board of Education is preparing to submit its revised Achievement Index to the federal government to replace Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as the state’s sole accountability framework. This is our opportunity to define our own goals and … Continue reading

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