state tests happening this spring; tips to support your child
spring, our eleventh
graders (juniors) are taking a new state test called Smarter
will measure real-world skills, such as analytical reading, persuasive writing
and problem solving, in English language arts and math.
This new state-mandated test replaces
previous year-end tests. Instead of using paper and pencils, the tests will be
taken on computers. Our teachers have been familiarizing students with the new
format to ensure they have the necessary technology skills to take the tests
and can successfully demonstrate their understanding of the state’s new
learning standards called Common
(to be determined)
to prepare your student for state testing
familiar with Common Core standards specific to your child’s grade level
with the national
PTA parent guides and OSPI's Your Child's Progress guide.
your child’s progress with school work and ask teachers for activities to
do at home to help prepare for tests and improve proficiency.
to your child that the tests might initially be more challenging than previous
tests and that they’re designed to help them succeed after graduation.
a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make sure your child
gets a good night’s sleep before a test day.
Find out more about the state’s new learning standards, the new test and parent
resources, including short videos explaining Common
Core and Smarter
Balanced, at www.tacomaschools.org/commoncore. You can also see the state's testing page for more information.
you for continuing to support your student at home. For more information, call
our main office at 253-571-6700.