Assessments and Testing
Assessments are used in the Valley School District to help educators and families measure how students are meeting our academic goals.
District assessments are typically given during the school year to help teachers see progress toward College and Career Readiness Standards in subjects such as math and language arts. Teachers can use the information from these assessments to work collaboratively with their colleagues to plan lessons and provide support for individual students.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment is taken on a computer and typically requires about an hour each for math and reading. The assessment measures a student's developing skills through a series of questions that adapt to the child’s level of learning.
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.
Washington state requires all districts to administer the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) each spring. These tests:
- Measure how well students are meeting College and Career Readiness Standards
- Help teachers and districts identify which students need more support
- Cover math, English language arts, and science
- Take about 2.5-4 hours per subject
- Are given to students in grades 3 to 8 and 10/11
- Are required for federal and state accountability