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Sager Spring

October 1, 2021

TESTING INFORMATION

Dear Sager Families,

This fall students in grades 4–8 will take the Smarter Balanced or Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) tests in math and English language arts. Students in grade 6 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) or the WA-AIM science test.

Students had limited in-person time in the classroom and likely experienced fewer opportunities to learn last school year. Last spring’s Smarter Balanced and WCAS testing were postponed to fall as we prioritized critical in-person instruction time for the benefit of students, families, and district staff. The WA-AIM spring 2021 window was extended into fall to allow flexibility for teachers and students, based on student need.

Smarter Balanced and WCAS tests were shortened this fall to ensure that students and teachers would have as much time as possible at the start of school year 2021–22 to establish relationships, routines, and activities.

The results from the Smarter Balanced and WA-AIM math and/or English language arts tests provide a picture of whether students across the state are on track to be ready for career or college.

Knowing your student’s achievement level (1 through 4) will provide an important piece of information as the school year progresses. Your student’s teacher will be able to provide more information about your student’s skills in ELA, math, and science. Our school will have access to the Smarter Balanced and WCAS test scores a few days after students complete the online tests. WA-AIM scores will be available in late January.

Most students will take the tests online. Our school is scheduled to take the tests 


October 2021

Monday

18

No School for Students

Records Day

Professional Development

25

Math CAT


01

Make-Ups

08

Make-Ups

Tuesday

19

6th grade Sci

26

Math CAT

02

Make-Ups

09

Make-Ups

Wednesday

20

6th grade Sci

27

ELA CAT

03

Make-Ups

10

Last Day for Testing

Make-Ups

Thursday

21

No School for Students

Parent-Teacher Conferences

28

ELA CAT

04

Make-Ups

Friday

22

No School

29

Make-Ups

05

Make-Ups

For more information about the tests, visit: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview, and click on the name of the test.

 To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test or WCAS training test, visit: https://wa.portal.cambiumast.com/.

For more information about the WA-AIM tests, visit: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview/assessment-students-cognitive-disabilities-wa-aim.