Academics

Assessments Overview

Assessments, Testing Schedules & Scores

On this page and the corresponding individual test specific pages you will find helpful dates and detailed information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard High School.

Please visit  SPS Testing and Assessments page for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirements in Seattle Public Schools. 

Ballard HS Academic Intervention Specialist
Lisa Coacher, ljcoacher@seattleschools.org 

Ballard HS Testing Coordinator | 206-252-1107
Mike Broom, mrbroom@seattleschools.org


Pre-Registration is Oct 1 – Nov 5.
AP Exams will be given in-person at Ballard HS over May 2 – 13 to students that have pre-registered for an AP Exam(s). Refer to the AP Exam dates on CollegeBoard.

AP Exam
Pre-Registration
Payment Window

Oct 1 – Nov 5

Pre-Registration is Oct 1 – Nov 5.
AP Exams will be given in-person at Ballard HS over May 2 – 13 to students that have pre-registered for an AP Exam(s). Refer to the AP Exam dates on CollegeBoard.

Students must register and pay for their exams by Nov 5, 2021. Students must be currently enrolled in an AP class at Ballard High School to register for the corresponding AP test. Registrations that are not paid by Nov 5 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.


State Assessments
Grades 10 – 12

Grades 10 – 12 students will be taking the Smarter Balanced (SBA) in Math, English Language Arts (ELA), & Science (WCAS) on different days, times and location over the school year.

Upcoming Grade 12 on Oct 28 Science (WCAS) assessments. Refer to the Grades 10-12 State Assessments details page for complete breakdown and instructions.

SBA, ELA, Math, WCAS

Grades 10 – 12

Will be given over different days, times and locations

Must have and bring charged SPS Laptop in order to take the assessments.

Grades 10 – 12 students will be taking the Smarter Balanced (SBA) in Math, English Language Arts (ELA), & Science (WCAS) on different days, times and location over the school year.

Upcoming Grade 12 on Oct 28 Science (WCAS) assessments. Refer to the Grades 10-12 State Assessments details page for complete breakdown and instructions.

IMPORTANT: All students MUST have and bring their school district laptop or they will not be able to take the assessments. Please refer to the State Assessments Details for important laptop requirements.


PSAT Scores and Preparing for SAT
Grades 10 & 11

Students in Grades 10 & 11 will need to log onto their CollegeBoard accounts to view their scores and Juniors to use them to prepare for the SAT.

PSAT Scores

PSAT scores for Grades 10 & 11 will be released by online by CollegeBoard on December 10, 2021

Students in Grades 10 & 11 will need to log onto their CollegeBoard accounts to view their scores and Juniors to use them to prepare for the SAT.

Visit the PSAT Details for more information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT.


SAT Understanding Scores and Reporting
Grade 12

Students in Grade 12 will need to log onto their CollegeBoard account to view their scores.

SAT Scores

SAT scores for Grade 12 will be released online at the end of Oct or the beginning of Nov on CollegeBoard.

Students in Grade 12 will need to log onto their CollegeBoard account to view their scores.

Visit the SAT Details to learn more about understanding the SAT scores and information about how to send them as well.


Testing Types Overview

ACT

The ACT, is an entrance exam used by some colleges to make admissions decisions. It is administered by ACT, Inc to measure a student’s readiness for college. How important ACT scores are varies from school to school. Overall, the higher you score on the ACT and/or SAT, the more options for attending and paying for college in the US will be available. Please visit ACT, Inc at actstudent.org for information on dates, locations and fees. Students and families need to register and pay for these exams as they are not offered at SPS or Ballard High School.

AP Exams

Students in AP courses might earn college credit and/or advanced placement in college if they perform well on AP Exams given in May and if their college of choice accepts the AP exam for credit.

AP offerings may vary from year to year depending on student interest and staffing. Prerequisites for AP courses are outlined in the course descriptions in the Ballard HS Course Catalog.

Refer to the College Board AP Exam schedule for more information.

Visit the the AP Exam Details page for more specific updates from Ballard HS.

SPS School Day PSAT 

Typically these tests are offered to all Sophomores and Juniors free of charge; no pre-registration is required. The PSAT helps Juniors prepare for the SAT and is used to qualify students for scholarships and advanced learning opportunities. Visit the PSAT Details page for more information.

SPS School Day SAT 

The SAT is typically offered to all Juniors free of charge; no pre-registration is required. For the School Year 2021-2022 the SAT is offered to all Seniors. Visit the SAT Details page for more updates.

State Assessments

Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) | ELA and Math

Please refer to the BHS State Assessments Details page for complete information for assessments for BHS students for the school year 2021-22.

Typically at Ballard High School we will continue to keep updated from the Seattle Public Schools on administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and Math to 10 grade students as a Federal Accountability measure and as a pathway to meet the ELA and Math proficiency requirement. Most students will continue to meet these proficiency requirements by passing the state assessments in ELA and Math.

Visit the district SBA page to learn more about the assessments. In addition visit the district Smarter Balanced FAQ and Resources page to help answer any questions you may have as well.


Wa Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) Exam 

Refer to SPS Testing and Assessments or current updates and on how assessments are used in Seattle Public Schools. Visit the State Assessments details page for more Ballard school updates.


Background

With the passage of House Bill 1599, students in Washington now have multiple pathways to demonstrate their readiness for their next steps after high school. All students are still required to demonstrate proficiency in the content areas of English Language Arts and Math in order to earn a high school diploma, but the state has provided additional alternate ways for students to show their proficiency.

We will continue to be updated from Seattle Public Schools on all Ballard HS students that are required to pass the state tests in English Language Arts and Math or meet the approved alternatives to these state tests in order to earn a diploma. More information about House Bill 1599 and the multiple pathways to graduation including a FAQ can be found on the Office of superintendent of Public Instruction website. 

Refer to SPS Testing and Assessments for current updates and on how assessments are used in Seattle Public Schools.