The Issaquah School District believes that an effective system for improving K-12 learning requires implementation of a comprehensive assessment system. A comprehensive assessment system connects curriculum, instruction and assessment by aligning instruction to curriculum standards and by using assessments to determine students’ status and progress on these standards.
The Issaquah School District’s assessment system is designed to serve two major purposes: instructional support and educational accountability. Current research and discussions of assessment approaches have led to a distinction between these two purposes as assessment of learning and assessment for learning. This distinction among assessments is based on the function they serve. State, district, building level, and classroom assessments may be formative or summative depending on how the information is used. While it is convenient to describe the components of a comprehensive assessment system separately, the effectiveness of the system depends on the interconnections of the parts.
- What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?
- Who takes the test and when?
- Why did students take the Smarter Balanced test in Fall of 2021?
- What does the SBA look like?
- What is the science assessment students have to take in school?
- How is the SBA information used by schools and teachers?
- Are SBA scores used in determining students’ class grade or will it appear on the report card and transcript?
- Where can I find the SBA score report for my child?
- How can I use the SBA score report to support the academic growth of my child?
- What if my child does not meet Standard (Level 1 or 2)?
- What is the SBA graduation assessment requirement in high school?
- Should my child study to prepare for the test?
- How can I help my child better prepare for the test?
- Smarter Balanced Assessments – Sample Items