Assessments and Testing
Welcome to the Assessment & Testing page. Here you will find helpful dates and information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard.
Washington State requires all students to take and pass state tests in specific subjects like Math, Reading & Writing and Science in order to earn a high school diploma. These state tests take the form of End of Course exams and Smarter Balanced Assessments.
Also the Federal Government requires all 11th graders to take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math (MA) and English Language Arts (ELA) unless they passed the tests as 10th graders. This is a Federal expectation of all juniors rather than a state graduation requirement.
And lastly, currently students have the opportunity to take College Board standardized assessments here at Ballard including the PSAT in the fall, the SAT in the spring and AP exams in May.
Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-252-1107 with any questions or concerns regarding testing at Ballard High School.
Notified Juniors/Seniors: Retakes for the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts begins Monday, March 13th and ends Thursday, March 16th in the Ballard Library Computer Lab.
This is a graduation requirement. The test should take 4-6 hours to complete, so students will test over two half days. Please direct questions to Ms. Coacher at 252-1107.
All Ballard 10th graders will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts March 27-April 4
Students will be testing with their 10th Grade LA class over two half days in three hour blocks.
Please refer to the schedule below to see which days your student will be testing. All testing will take place on the computers in the Ballard HS library. Please direct questions to Ms. Coacher at 252-1107.
Days & LA Teachers
March 27 & 28: Riley/Bolen/Smith3/Kutrakun/Sjogren
March 29 & 30: McKenna/Reitan
April 3 & 4: Smith1,2 / Storey
Visit the SPS Smarter Balanced State Assessment Info page for more information.
SAT Test Results | All Juniors who took the March School Day SAT (3/1) will receive their scores via email on Tuesday, March 28th. Students will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create an account at www.collegeboard.org if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores.
If students would like to learn more about how to understand their scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with their College Board account, they can come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help. Contact Kelly Flanagan, College Career Specialist at email@example.com with any questions.
Students can also use Khan Academy to link their SAT scores to free, online test preparation at the Official SAT Practice site at www.khanacademy.org/sat | Official SAT Practice Information Flyer
The UW Women’s Center SAT Prep Course at the University of Washington is again sponsoring two SAT Prep class series, each preparing for the May or June SAT. The next series is April 6, 13, 20 or May 4, 11, 18 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Savery Hall Room 136. The cost is $150 (all materials are provided). See this SAT Prep Flyer and please contact the UW Women’s Center with any questions. Sign up at http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/programs/lifelonglearning/
SAT and ACT Additional Testing Dates
If students would like another opportunity to take the SAT after the free opportunity offered at Ballard on March 1, 2017, they must register themselves using their College Board access account.
View the Registration and Test Dates schedule below for the 2016/17 School Year or visit collegeboard.org
for additional SAT or actstudent.org
for information on registering for the ACT Test.
For Test Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2017-18 visit these sites for the Collegeboard
and the ACT Website
Parents & Students: See below for helpful information on understanding student's PSAT scores or the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores and how students can use them to prepare for the SAT on March 1st for BHS Juniors.
Students received their score reports and original test booklets in their LA class. 11th graders also received an SAT student guide. Running Start students need to pick up their information from the counseling office.
PSAT Results were released online in Dec.
Students who took the PSAT on Oct. 19th will need to log onto their College Board account or will need to create a account at www.collegeboard.org if they don’t already have one in order to view their scores. They should be sure to use their legal name as used on official school documents. Using a "nickname" or shortening their name will prevent them from viewing their scores.
Check out collegeboard.org to get your scores. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Ballard Counseling Center. BHS counselors are there to help.
SPS PSAT and SAT School-Day Information
PSAT Score Report Video |
Understand your scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT.
AP Exam Important Instructions
Attention Students: Arrive to your testing location by 8:00 a.m. for 8:30 exams and 12:00 for 12:30 exams. Most exams are in the Auxiliary Gym. French will be in the Library. Please Note: Spanish and Japanese exams will be held at Roosevelt High School (students need to provide their own transportation to/from) to 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle, 98115.
- Student ID
- Your AP Student Pack (This will be given to you at check-in for your first exam. Then it will be your responsibility it to bring to your next exams).
- Two #2 pencils with erasers
- A black or dark blue pen
- A graphing calculator (Chemistry, Calculus AB and BC)
- A 4 function with square root calculator (Biology)
- Water and a snack
- A sweatshirt or coat as the gym can run both cold and hot
Please Do NOT Bring:
The College Board has very strict rules about phones. If your cell phone is seen or heard by any proctors during the test or even during the break, you will be dismissed from testing and your scores will be cancelled.
Most exams should end between 12:00 - 12:30. After the test, students will be dismissed to a 30 minute lunch after which they are expected to attend their afternoon classes.
Contact Lisa Coacher the Academic Intervention Specialist with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-252-1107.
Here is a link to the AP College Board Preparing for your AP Exams: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/preparing-for-exams
State Exams Info 2016
How Did Your Student Do Last Year on State Exams? To find out how your student did on state testing last year, go to the Student Portal at the top of the website and log on to the Source. On your student’s Source page, click on Assessments. View your student’s Smarter Balanced Assessment scores for English Language Arts (ELA) and MA on View State Assessment Scores link. If your student took the Biology, Algebra or Geometry EOC, you can find their scores on the View End of Course Scores link.
SBA in ELA and MATH
All 11th graders are required by the Federal Government to take the SBA in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, unless they previously passed the test as 10th graders. lf Students would like to get familiar with the format of the Smarter Balanced Assessment they can go to the SBA Practice Test.
Practice Test Link Tips: Select "Take the Practice and Training Tests" icon. Use "Guest Settings" on Sign In page. Choose "Start ELA HS Training Test" for Language Arts and "Start Math HS Training Test" for Math. On the "Choose Settings" prompt leave settings; click Select.
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Resources
Informational Video Links
Understanding Your PSAT Scores: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ
SAT Practice and Scores: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8f-jif9itg
How to Link Your College Board & Khan Academy PSAT Accounts:
Visit the SPS Assessment and Testing webpage