In addition to the daily informal assessments and periodic formal assessments given by your child's teacher, your student may be given one or more of the following state mandated or district initiated standardized assessments this year:
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)Standards of Intelligence (SOI)Measures of Student Progress (MSP)
Click here for more information on elementary assessments including our district assessment calendar or see below for specifics on tests currently going on at Discovery.
All 2nd graders will be taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in January. Please make every effort to ensure your child is at school on time on these days.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment is the test we use in Washington State to measure student achievement in math and English language arts. All students in grades 3, 4, and 5 take the test online during school. The assessment will measure critical thinking with questions that ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem solving skills in both math and English language arts.
Useful Links:SBA Sample QuestionsPractice and Training TestsAchievement LevelsUnderstand your child’s score video (bottom of page)SBA Development and DesignWashington Test Guide for Parents (Great Schools)
Testing Times and Breaks:Typically students will start the test around 9:30 a.m. and finish within 2-3 hours. However, assessments are untimed and students can take breaks as needed. Students may bring snacks to eat during their breaks. Please make sure your student is on time and well rested.
Testing Schedule:Smarter Balanced Testing happens in April and May. Look for the 2017-2018 testing schedule here sometime after Winter Break.