Clarkmoor, Dower, Idlewild and Oakwood Elementary Schools, Harrison Preparatory School and Lakes High School will participate in the state’s new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s field test assessments this spring. Starting in spring 2015, all Washington students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the new Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts. The new Smarter Balanced tests will replace the math, reading and writing portions of the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) exams for students in grades 3-8. The science portion of the MSP (tested in grades 5 and 8) will remain.
“By participating in the Smarter Balanced field tests, Clover Park School District staff will have a chance to get familiar with a new assessment format and troubleshoot any technical problems that might arise,” said Brian Laubach, executive director of teaching and learning.
The consortium is a bipartisan, state-led group developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and math. The purpose of the field tests is to make sure the tests are fair and the questions work in the way they are intended. The CCSS aim to develop common learning expectations for K-12 students across the country.