Test Score Information
Preliminary test scores available through Skyward/Family Access
June 2016 - Our 3rd-8th graders and our 10th and 11th graders took the new Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English language arts and math over the last two months.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is beginning to release individual student SBA scores. The advantage to this is that teachers, students and families can access information about student’s current performance just a few shorts weeks after the assessment is completed.
Your child’s individual achievement levels (Level 1, 2, 3 or 4) on the SBA will be available through Skyward/Family Access. If your child’s score is not yet in, please be patient. The scores are released in no particular order. 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 2016-2017 school year.
Your child will earn an achievement level descriptor (available through Skyward/Family Access): Level 1 (novice), Level 2 (developing), Level 3 (proficient) and Level 4 (advanced). Currently, OSPI has set “passing levels at levels 3 and 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.
OSPI and the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) have several resources available to help you understand more about the Washington State Learning Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments.
- Here you can find information about learning standards and assessments by grade. Several language translations are available.
- Here you can find information about graduation requirements for the classes of 2016 to 2019. Several language translations are available.
- If you have questions regarding your child’s scores, or need more information, please contact Allison MacGregor Fornes, Assessment Coordinator, at 360-563-7256.