Ballard High School

Ballard
High School
Assessments Overview

State Assessments

State Required Assessments

State Assessments Overview

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State assessments are required for federal accountability and also provide a common measure of student progress at the school, district and state levels. Our educators examine the results and use them to help determine which resources and supports are needed to close achievement gaps. All students are required to meet State Standards in English Language Arts and Math in order to earn a diploma from Ballard HS. The most efficient way to demonstrate proficiency is by taking and passing the state exams given to students the spring of their sophomore year. Refer to SPS Testing and Assessments pages for current updates and on how assessments are used in SPS.


State Testing Schedule 2024

WIDA Multilingual Students

  • WIDA Testing: March 6, 2024 in P105
  • WIDA Make Up Testing: March 13, 2024 in P105

Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) Testing Windows English Language Arts (ELA)

All Grade 10 Students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and must have a SPS Laptop (details below).

  • ELA Testing Window: April 22 – 26, 2024
    • Grade 10 students will take the ELA test in their current LA Class.
  • ELA (Gr 11 or 12, Make Up Testing Window: April 29-30 in P105
    • Any Grade 11 or 12 students who have not yet passed will have the opportunity to retake the test.

SBA Math

All Grade 10 Students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Math and must have a SPS Laptop (details below).

  • Math Testing Window: May 21 – 24, 2024
    • Grade 10 students will take the Math test in their current Algebra 2 or Geometry Class.
  • Math (Gr 11 or 12, Make Up Testing Window: May 28-29 in P105
    • Any Grade 11 or 12 students who have not yet passed will have the opportunity to retake the test.

WCAS

All Grade 11 Students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) and must have a SPS Laptop (details below).

  • WCAS Testing Window: May 20 – 21
    • All Grade 11 students will take the WCAS in the Auxiliary Gym
  • WCAS Make Up/Extra Time: May 23 in P105

Important SPS Laptop Requirements

  • Students must bring a SPS laptop in order to take the assessments
  • Students cannot test on a personal laptop
  • Students without a SPS laptop yet must go before or after school or at lunch to pick up a SPS laptop
  • SPS laptops will not be available for students on the assessment’s day
  • Student must bring their SPS laptops charged AND bring their chargers
  • Students that come without a SPS laptop will not be able to take the assessments
  • Important SBA ELA: Students will need to bring headphones that work with the SPS laptops for the SBA ELA test. A very limited quantity may be available. All students MUST have and bring a charged SPS laptop and headphones for the ELA portion.

Questions? Contact Eric Ensign; erensign@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1076.

About the Assessments

Smarter Balanced Assessments: ELA and Math

At Ballard HS 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.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) is administered at 5th, 8th, and 11th grade. These tests fulfill the federal (ESSA) requirement that students be tested in science once at each level: elementary, middle, and high school. 

Annual Assessment for Multilingual Students

Each year, students in English learner programs take an English language proficiency test. This test is called the WIDA ACCESS.  

The test measures academic language skills for students in Washington state who are learning English. The test will not affect student grades, but it can help determine whether the student will continue in the English language development program at school.