State Testing Updates, for students in grades 9-12: 

  •  State tests are changing – to Smarter Balanced
  •  Updated graduation requirements related to testing

April 2016

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

 

As you may know, every year the state requires that we assess students in core subject areas, starting in grade 3.

The table below shows the tests required, by grade level:

  • Smarter Balanced (SBA) – ELA (English Language Arts) and math, grades 3-8, 10, 11
  • EOC – End-Of-Course exams
    • Math: algebra or geometry – grades 9-11, depending on course completion
    • Science: biology – grades 9-11, depending on course completion

Spring 2016 state-required tests for graduation:

2015-16 Grade Level ELA Test Math Test Science Test
9 (Class of 2019) SBA (taken as sophomores) SBA (taken as sophomores)

EOC biology, if not previously passed

Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:30am

10 (Class of 2018)

SBA

Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 & 19 @7:30am

SBA or EOC algebra/ geometry, if not previously passed

EOC on Thursday, June 2 @ 7:30am

(No Math SBA this year)

EOC biology, if not previously passed Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:30am
11 (Class of 2017)

SBA, if not previously passed

Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 & 19 @7:30am

SBA or EOC algebra/ geometry, if not previously passed

EOC on Thursday, June 2 @ 7:30am

EOC biology, if not previously passed

Wednesday, June 1 @ 7:30am

12 (Class of 2016)

SBA or HSPE reading and/or writing, if not previously passed

Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 & 19 @7:30am

SBA or EOC algebra/ geometry, if not previously passed

Thursday, June 2 @ 7:30am

None

State testing highlights for 2015-16:

  • Smarter Balanced tests are adaptive, which means the difficulty of the test items will adjust somewhat, depending on each student’s performance during the test.
  • Testing schedules will be set by each school, according to state guidelines – Bellevue High is testing in May and June. You will receive a more specific notification if your child needs to take a test that does not fall into one of these categories.
  • All 11th graders will take the Smarter Balanced ELA and math tests, even if they previously passed the HSPE and End of Course (EOC) tests. This is because the federal accountability year, under No Child Left Behind law, has changed from grade 10 to grade 11. Juniors who took the SBA last year as a 10th grader and met the “College Readiness” standard (Level 3 or 4) will not need to test again.
  • All 10th graders will take the Smarter Balanced ELA test (but not math).

 

Smarter Balanced Practice Tests:  We encourage parents and students to check out the practice and training tests, plus assorted resources that are available to the public.  http://wa.portal.airast.org/training-tests/

Students will also have designated practice sessions during the school day before actual testing begins.

 High School Diploma Requirements related to Testing:  Besides passing state tests to meet requirements, various state-approved options are available.  Students with IEPs have further options such as off-level tests.  Speak to your high school counselor for more information. Please feel free to contact your student’s school counselor or special education case manager if you have questions about state testing, approved options, special education options, or test-related graduation requirements.

 

Additional benefits of taking the SBA tests: Due to the confidence that colleges have in the ability of the Smarter Balanced Assessment to assess college readiness skills, many colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon, California, and a number of other states have agreed to utilize scores from this assessment for students to enroll in entry-level, credit-bearing courses and skip remedial classes.

 

Best regards,

Bellevue High School Administration

 

GRADUATION TOOLKIT 2015-16, for Washington State:

Englishhttp://www.k12.wa.us/graduationrequirements/GraduationToolkit.aspx          Chinesehttp://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-CHINESE.pdf

Khmer: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-KHMER.pdf

Korean: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-KOREAN.pdf

Punjabi:http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-PUNJABI.pdf

Russian:http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-RUSSIAN.pdf

Somali: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-SOMALI.pdf

Spanish: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-SPANISH.pdf

Tagalog: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-TAGALOG.pdf

Vietnamese: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements/pubdocs/GraduationToolkit-VIETNAMESE.pdf

SMARTER BALANCED: http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/default.aspx ;
COMMON CORE State Standardshttp://www.corestandards.org/