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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 SpeakingGrade Level: K-12
Content Area: ReadingGrade Level: K-5
Content Area: Reading and MathGrade Level: 4 & 8Given to Select Schools Every two Years
Content Area: Reading and MathGrade Level: K-10Alternative Links:
Curriculum Associates i-Ready
Content Area: English Language Arts (ELA) and MathGrade Level: 3-8; 10-11Alternative Links:
OSPI SBA OverviewSmarter Balanced WebsiteInformation about State Learning StandardsPlanning to go to College?
OSPI SBA Overview
Smarter Balanced Website
Information about State Learning Standards
Planning to go to College?
SBA and 12th Grade coursework choices can help
Content Area: ReadingGrade Level: Kindergarten
Content Area: ELA, Math, and Science alternate assessments
For students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Grade Level: 3-8 & 10 for ELA and Math; 11 Science
Content Area: English Language Arts (ELA)Grade Level: 6-10Alternative Links:College Board SpringBoard
Content Area: ScienceGrade Level: 5 & 8 & 11
Content Area: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Mathematics, and LiteracyGrade Level: Kindergarten
Content Area: World Language
Earn High School Credit for World Language Competency
OSPI World LanguagesOSPI Competency CreditsOSPI Seal of Biliteracy
OSPI World Languages
OSPI Competency Credits
OSPI Seal of Biliteracy
Preliminary SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9)
Grade Level: 8-9Date: October 10, 2018
College Board PSAT 8/9
Grade Level: 10-11
Date: October 10, 2018
College Board PSAT/NMSQT
Grade Level: 11 - 12Date: October 10, 2018 (Gr 12), March 27, 2019 (Gr 11)
College Board SAT
Advanced Placement (AP)
Grade Level: 9-12Window: May 6 - 17, 2019
Grade Level: 8Date: May 14, 2019
College Board AP
Grade Level: 11-12
ACTRegister for Saturday TestingPreparing for the ACT
Register for Saturday Testing
Preparing for the ACT
College Board SATSaturday Testing Dates and DeadlinesSAT Subject Test Dates
Saturday Testing Dates and Deadlines
SAT Subject Test Dates
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