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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Testing

The data and assessment team serves schools and the district by providing timely and accurate data and support for the purpose of improving student achievement. We also manage state and district assessments, and data requests from community partners and other outside agencies.

Assessments are given during pre-determined windows throughout the school year to monitor student progress. District and statewide assessments help ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education. By evaluating data, districts and schools decide which teaching practices and curricula best support student understanding of standards. Assessment results also provide families valuable information about how well their child is doing and where more help might be needed. 

Assessments

District Assessments

Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) Benchmark Assessment System

Subject: Reading K-8
Grades: K-8  
Test Type: Formative assessment of reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension
Method: Administered one-on-one. Student reads and the teacher tracks errors and fluency. Comprehension conversation follows.
Purpose: Track growth in reading ability and comprehension. Students are rated A to Z. Aligns with F&P leveled reading program. Many library and classroom library books are leveled A to Z.

State Assessments

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP)

The WCAP is the state's comprehensive assessment system. It includes the Smarter Balanced Assessments, Measurements of Student Progress, End of Course, English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, and Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills. In addition to these assessments, WCAP also offers graduation alternatives. 

Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA)

Subject: Language and Math 
Grades: 3-8 and High School
Type: Standards-based test used to show the level of proficiency of students relative to the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math.
Method: Untimed, multiple-choice, short answer and essay questions (writing).
Purpose: Determine if students meet the Common Core and state learning standards in English language arts, math and science. Retakes available until students meet standard.
Results: Use the new Washington Test Guide for Parents to help you better understand your child's test score report. The online tool will provide you the information you need to help your child in school.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

Subject: Science 
Grades: 5, 8 ,11
Type: Next Generation Science standards-based test used to show the level of proficiency of students in science.
Method: Untimed, multiple-choice, and short answer questions online.
Purpose: Determine if students meet state learning standards in science. 

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

Subject: English Language Proficiency 
Grades: ELL students in K-12
Type: Proficiency test of listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
Method: Untimed, mix of multiple choice and performance items, administered Online.
Purpose: Required by the State of Washington to qualify students for services (placement) and to measure the growth and language acquisition of all English Language Learners (annual).

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

Subject: Developmental skills
Grades: Kindergarten 
Type: Holistic inventory of kindergarten readiness. Includes assessment of physical, social, cognitive, literacy and emotional skills.
Method: Untimed, student observation. Family and community connections, early learning collaboration, whole child assessment.
Purpose: Provide information to improve classroom teaching and tailor instruction to individual student needs.

State Test Refusal

State law requires that schools provide an assessment of skills and knowledge in grades 3 and above. This year, we are administering the Smarter Balanced assessments that are being given across the country. Sometimes parents want to have their students excluded from testing, whether it is state or district assessments. Highline occasionally receives a request from parents to refuse testing, with different reasons such as health or emotional concerns (test anxiety).

Our state assessments assess critical state standards, including higher-level thinking, communication, reasoning, problem solving, and application of knowledge and skills in new situations. Teachers gain information about students’ progress toward meeting grade-level expectations (what students should know and be able to do) in the core academic areas of reading, writing, math, and science, and can plan instruction accordingly.

Parents may refuse to have their child participate in testing. Our district procedure is for parents to meet with principals to discuss their decision and formally refuse. Schools are not required to provide special instruction for students who refuse testing. They do provide supervision while their classmates take the test.

College Readiness Assessments

Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT)

Grades: 8-9
Test Type: Timed multiple-choice, short answer and student produced response items.
Method: Timed multiple-choice, short answer and student produced response items.
Purpose: Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Promote college-going culture.

Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT)

Grades: 10-11
Test Type: Timed multiple-choice, short answer and student produced response items.
Method: Timed multiple-choice, short answer and student produced response items.
Purpose: Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Promote college-going culture.

Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)

Grades: 10-11
Test Type: Measure verbal and mathematical reasoning skills to be academically successful in college.
Method: Timed multiple-choice questions and optional short essay writing assessment. 
Purpose: College-University admission.

Advanced Placement Test (AP) 

Grades: Optional end of AP class 
Test Type: Determine proficiency following an AP course.
Method: Timed multiple-choice, short answer and extended response items.
Purpose: Earn credit or advanced standing at colleges and universities.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Grades: Optional end of IB class 
Test Type: Determine proficiency following an IB course.
Method: Timed multiple-choice, short answer and extended response items.
Purpose: Earn credit or advanced standing at colleges and universities.

Contact

Phone: 206-631-3004

Rebekah Kim 
Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Robi Wrigley
Assessment Project Manager 
206-631-3082

Charity Jensen 
Assessment Project Manager 
206-631-3080

Jennifer Kipp
Data Analyst
206-631-3081