Inspiring Excellence

Gina Anderson
Executive Director of Assessments and Student Services

State Assessments:
Washington State Assessment Overview
District Testing Calendars
State Testing Calendars

Release of 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment scores
Our third- through eighth-graders and our 10th- and 11th-graders took the new Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts and math last spring.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released state and district results to the public this morning, and I’m happy to report that our students once again outperformed their peers statewide in all assessed categories. Our scores also led other Snohomish County school districts in the majority of tested areas!

Since the SBA is new and more rigorous than previous assessments, OSPI predicted state passing rates for the ELA and math tests to be around 35 percent in the first year of implementation. As you can see, our students well exceeded this prediction. Even more impressive is that our students out-performed state averages in both math and ELA (English/Language Arts) at every grade level.

SBA scores  

Where can I find my child’s score?
Your child’s individual achievement levels (Level 1, 2, 3 or 4) are available on Family Access in Skyward. You can login to Family Access through our district website, Your child’s school will provide Individual student score reports, which provide more specific information on students’ areas of strength and focus, after the start of the new school year. School-specific scores and information will be released through the Washington State Report Card later this fall,

How are scores used?
It is important to recognize that these scores are not the only source of information on our student’s achievement. In our district, we focus as heavily, if not more so, on frequent, formative, classroom-based assessments that help guide our instruction. Information gained from SBA results as well as these other district and classroom-based assessments and activities help principals and teachers plan and guide instruction for your child. District administrators use the information to plan professional learning for teachers and to help identify, promote, and support successful programs, effective curriculum and instructional strategies. You and your child can use the information to identify where your child is on the continuum of learning as he or she advances towards being career and college ready upon graduation. This can also help you provide support for further learning for your child.

Most importantly, however, is that our focus on student achievement involves helping our students learn to be contributing members of society and lifelong learners, pursuing their passions and interests in an ever-changing world. Assessment data is just one part of the information that we use to guide your child’s learning and growth.

How will I know if my child is progressing adequately?
Your child will earn an achievement level descriptor (available via Family Access): Level 1 (novice), Level 2 (developing), Level 3 (proficient) and Level 4 (advanced). Currently, OSPI has set “passing levels” at levels 3 & 4.

The individual score reports (distributed by your child’s school later this fall) will also show your child’s scaled score. These scores fall along a continuous vertical scale that increases across grade levels. These scaled scores can be used to explain your child’s current level of achievement, as well as his/her growth over time from year to year.

For 10th- and 11th-graders, high schools and colleges can use the level descriptors to help predict the post-secondary classes that will best support the student after graduation. A score of “level 3” or higher in the 11th-grade suggests that a student is on track to handle entry-level, transferable, credit-bearing college courses upon graduation.

If you have questions regarding your child’s scores, or need more information, please contact Gina Anderson, Executive Director of Assessment & Student Learning, at 425-335-1582.

We are extremely proud of our students, and very pleased with their progress. We will continue to work to ensure that all students receive the help and interventions needed to success. We are also incredibly grateful to our staff for their dedication to student achievement.