Discovery students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). All students in third through fifth grade will be assessed in Math and English Language Arts. Fifth grade students will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). These assessments provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and understandings they have developed throughout their years in school.
Students will take the tests online beginning May 5th through May 20th, depending on the grade level and class. The following is a list of specific testing dates:
May 5th: 4th and 5th Performance Task for ELA (English Language Arts)
May 6th: 4th and 5th Computer Adaptive Test for ELA
May 9th: 4th and 5th Performance Task for Math
May 10th: 4th and 5th Computer Adaptive Test for Math
May 12th: 5th Science Test (WCAS)
May 16th: 3rd Performance Task for ELA
May 17th: 3rd Computer Adaptive Test for ELA
May 19th: 3rd Performance Task for Math
May 20th: 3rd Computer Adaptive Test for Math
One of the best ways you can help your child during the testing period is to provide encouragement and make sure they get a good night’s rest. We do not want students excessively worried or stressed while taking the test. Thank you for supporting your children in this important event!
Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. The State Test for elementary school students is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and math. In addition to the SBA, students in grades 5, 8 and 11 take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), which assesses the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards.
Our comprehensive assessment system includes district-wide assessments throughout the elementary years. These assessments were carefully selected to provide valid, reliable and useful information on the achievement of our students.
Uses of these assessments include the following:
- Informing instruction. Elementary district assessments provide valuable information on the specific skills and learning needs of students, so that their teachers can design instruction to meet the needs of their students.
- Early identification of learning difficulties. Early identification of literacy and math learning difficulties is critical to supporting and accelerating learning and to preventing early problems from becoming more severe over time. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, Washington State requires screening for weaknesses in literacy skill development that may be associated with dyslexia. Learn more about this screening process within the ISD.
- School Improvement Planning. Assessment information is used by school leadership teams to direct school improvement efforts and build effective, equitable programs that support learning.
Elementary District Assessments
Elementary District Assessments include the following:
i-Ready Reading & Math Assessments
Used in Kindergarten through 5th grade, i-Ready Assessment provides information that empowers teachers with a deeper knowledge of their students’ needs. Based on research into assessment design and backed by extensive validity evidence, i-Ready assessments provide information teachers meaningful, actionable insights into students' skill proficiencies and learning needs to empower differentiating instruction.
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment (F&P)
The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment provides accurate and reliable tools to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of all students and document student progress through one-on-one formative and summative assessments.
WaKIDS is a state-wide program designed to welcome children and their families to kindergarten and the K-12 system as partners in their child’s education. Beginning in school year 2016-2017 all Issaquah School District elementary schools will participate in the WaKIDS program. WaKIDS is required for schools that receive state funds for full-day kindergarten.