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In Tacoma Public Schools, we believe that assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Having a comprehensive assessment system allows us to gather evidence from large scale national and state assessments that measure the effectiveness of our core instruction and curriculum to small scale formative classroom assessments that inform what happens on a day-to-day basis. Assessments are used to monitor student progress, gauge growth towards our grade level standards, evaluate instructional programs and provide valuable information in identifying student strengths and challenges to impact instructional decisions.
The word assessment comes from the Latin root "assidere" which means to sit beside. Assessing students is much more than giving a test in order to produce a grade, it's part of the art of teaching and learning. Assessment plays a major role in deciding what to teach and when to teach it as students' progress towards meeting the high expectations outlined in the Washington State Learning Standards.
The essential purpose of assessment is the improvement of student learning by implementing a coherent, aligned, and student-centered assessment system that provides accurate and timely data, training, and analysis to support student learning.
Content Area: Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking
Content Area: ReadingGrades: K-5
Content Area: Math and BiologyGrades 9-12
Content Area: Reading and MathGrades: K-10Alternative Links:
Curriculum Associates i-Ready
Content Area: ScienceGrades: 5 & 8 & 11
Content Area: ReadingGrades: Kindergarten
Content Area: Reading and MathGrades: 4 & 8Given to Select Schools Every Two Years
Content Area: English Language Arts (ELA)Grade: 6-10Alternative Links:
College Board SpringBoard
Content Area: English Language Arts (ELA) and MathGrades: 3-8; 10-11Alternative Links:
OSPI SBA OverviewSmarter Balanced WebsiteInformation about State Learning StandardsPlanning to go to College? SBA and coursework choices can help
OSPI SBA Overview
Smarter Balanced Website
Information about State Learning StandardsPlanning to go to College? SBA and coursework choices can help
Content Area: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Mathematics, and LiteracyGrades: Kindergarten
Content Area: Arts, English & Composition; History & Social Services; STEM; World Languages & CulturesGrades: 9-12
Window: May 7 - May 18, 2018Alternative Links:
College Board AP
Content Area: Reading, Writing and Language, MathGrades: 8-9
Date: October 11, 2017
College Board PSAT 8/9
Content Area: Reading, Writing and Language, Math
College Board PSAT/NMSQT
Content Area: Critical Reading, Math, Writing, Essay
Grades: 11 - 12
Date: October 11, 2017 (Gr 12), March 21, 2018 (Gr 11)
College Board SAT
Content Area: English, Math, Reading, Science, WritingGrades: 11-12
ACTRegister for Saturday TestingPreparing for the ACT
Register for Saturday Testing
Preparing for the ACT
Content Area: Literature, Math, US History, Biology, Chemistry, PhysicsGrades: 11-12
College Board SATSaturday Testing Dates and DeadlinesSAT Subject Test Dates
Saturday Testing Dates and Deadlines
SAT Subject Test Dates
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