StateTesting

StateTesting

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

This spring, your child will take the Smarter Balanced tests in math and/or English language arts. Students enrolled in Biology will also take the end-of-course (EOC) exam in Biology. These tests are used for state and federal accountability, as well as for assessment graduation requirements.

 

This is the second year our state will administer the Smarter Balanced tests. The results from these tests will give a more accurate picture of whether students are on track to be ready for college or career after high school than our state’s previous tests.

 

Knowing your child’s achievement level (1 through 4) will help him or her choose which courses to take in 12th grade to prepare for college and career success. Our school will have access to the tests scores a few weeks after students complete the tests.

 

Students who score a 3 or 4 on the Smarter Balanced tests will be able to move directly into credit-bearing college-level courses (levels 100 and above) upon enrollment at more than 220 colleges, universities, and community and technical colleges in eight states, including Washington. This means they can bypass traditional placement tests students typically take when they enroll in college and avoid costly remedial courses.

 

Students who score a 1 or 2 will have the opportunity to continue working toward college and career readiness during their senior year. We will work with your student to make sure his or her course choices fit their goals for life after high school.

 

Students will take the Smarter Balance tests online. Our school is scheduled to take the English Language Arts Smarter Balance test May 16th, 17th, & 18th, & Math Smarter Balance test May 23rd 24th, & 25th

Winter Math End of Course January 10th & Biology   End of Course   January 12th

Spring Math End of Course May 30th, Biology End of Course    June 1st

 

For more information about the tests and to try out an online practice test yourself, visit www.k12.wa.us/smarter.

 

Please call or email Shannon Haberzettl, FHS Counselor if you have questions about state testing.

 

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your child is successful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your child. We want your child to leave us with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.

 

Sincerely,

Cindy M. Feasel

FHS Principal

 

 

TESTS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION (as of February 18, 2016)

Class of

Subject

Test

2016

ELA

Choose 1:

  • Reading AND Writing HSPE
  • Smarter Balanced ELA test (scale score of 2548 or higher)**

Math

Choose 1:

  • Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC
  • Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC
  • Smarter Balanced math test (scale score of 2595 or higher)**

2017 & 2018

ELA

Smarter Balanced ELA test (scale score of 2548 or higher)**

Math

Choose 1:

  • Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC
  • Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC
  • Smarter Balanced math test (scale score of 2595 or higher)**

Science

Biology EOC

2019 & beyond

ELA

Smarter Balanced ELA test (cut score to be determined by
State Board of Education)**

Math

Smarter Balanced math test (cut score to be determined by
State Board of Education)**

Science

Biology EOC

* Reading and Writing High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) are available to 12th graders who have not met their graduation requirements in spring 2016.

** Scale scores required for graduation are separate from what are known as the “college- and career-ready” scores (ELA: 2583, math: 2628)

ATTENTION CLASSES OF 2016 THROUGH 2018: Students who meet or exceed the college- and career-ready threshold scores (ELA: 2583, math: 2628) on the Smarter balanced tests as a 10th grader will not have to take those tests in 11th grade.