District AssessmentsIn Aberdeen School District, information about student learning and the performance of the school district is gathered from a variety of sources, including district and state assessments, and from the classroom teacher. Each piece provides a “snapshot” of how well a child is doing. The more “snapshots” that are gathered, the clearer the picture of performance becomes. A district-wide assessment program is in place, which is used to:
- diagnose student learning on a day–to–day basis
- evaluate programs
- improve instructional decisions
- determine placement and certification
respond to public accountability
Classroom Assessments Happen Daily
Assessment is a natural part of instruction. Teachers gather information on a daily basis both in formal and informal ways to guide instruction and make decisions about learning.
Early Literacy is Assessed
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is a test used to assess reading proficiency in kindergarten through 6th grade. It is given three times during the year to make sure that no student is falling behind at this critical time.
Math and Reading Progress
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. These tests are administered in reading and math two to three times a year in grades 2-9.
State Accountability and Assessment
Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests include the following:
- Smarter Balanced: English language arts (ELA) and math tests
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS): Science test for grades 5, 8 and 11
- Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
WaKIDS-Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment
The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life. Before October 31, kindergarten teachers complete an assessment of each child’s developing skills in six areas: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics. They use an observational tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD® (PDF) to assess what students know and can do.
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)
The ELPA21 annually assesses the growth of the state’s English language learners. Students in grades K-12 are tested in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP is a national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states. Federal law requires every state to give the NAEP in reading and math at grades 4 and 8 every two years. States and school districts that receive Title I federal funding to aid educationally disadvantaged students in high poverty areas must participate in these assessments. Other subjects also are tested.
Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs)
The state supports the development of classroom-based assessments that are based on the state’s learning standards and help guide day-to-day instruction. State curriculum specialists create tasks and questions that model good assessments and provide them to local school districts.
- Third grade: Math and English/Language Arts (ELA)
- Fourth grade: Math and ELA
- Fifth grade: Math, ELA and Science
- Sixth grade: Math and ELA
- Seventh grade: Math and ELA
- Eighth grade: Math, ELA and Science
- High school: ELA, Math, and Science are administered in 10th - 12th grades