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Jennie Reed Elementary School

SBAC Testing Information

Please read below to find the new Common Core standards-based assessment known as Smarter Balanced.​​​​
New state tests happening this spring
 
This spring, our 3rd through 5th graders are taking a new state test called Smarter Balanced which will measure real-world skills such as reading analysis, persuasive writing, and problem solving in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.
This new state-mandated test replaces previous year-end tests. 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 the Common Core.
Tips to prepare your student for state testing
 
  • Become 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.
  • Monitor your child’s progress with school work and ask teachers for activities to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve proficiency.
  • Explore the practice tests.
  • Explain 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.
  • Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before a test day.
  • Sleep is important; rest well prior to testing days.
Learn more

Find out more about the state’s new learning standards, the new test and parent resources, including short videos explaining the 
Common Core and Smarter Balanced, at www.tacomaschools.org/commoncore.
 
Thank you for continuing to support your student at home. For more information, call our main office at 253-571-6421

Testing dates for 3rd grade:

ELA- March 24-25th

Math- May 19th

Testing dates for 4th grade:

Math- May 5th

ELA- May 6-7th

Testing dates for 5th grade:

Science MSP- April 30th 

Math- May 12th

ELA- May 13-14th