Dear Des Moines Elementary
the coming weeks, students in grades 3 - 6 will be taking the Smarter Balanced
SBA is our state-required annual check-up on learning. It measures how well
students and schools are performing on our state's learning
standards. While no test is perfect for assessing the whole student or
school, the SBA is a better tool than previous state tests and aligns with our
state and school learning standards. It goes beyond multiple choice questions
to measure skills like problem solving and critical thinking that are important
for success in college and the workplace.
learning standards define what students should know and be able to do by the end of each
grade. Meeting the standards means students are prepared for success as they
move forward, and, ultimately, that they are ready for college and career. Results show us where students may need extra help or more
of a challenge.
can help, as you do every day, by ensuring your student consistently gets
enough sleep, eats breakfast, and is on time to school. Our testing SBAC window
will be April 17th – May 12,
5th Graders will also be doing MSP Science
testing on May 12, 2017.
Please try to avoid scheduling
appointments during your child’s designated testing days.
As always, please let me know if
you have any questions or concerns.
you for your support,
Des Moines Elementary