Woodland Public Schools announces Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

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Washington State recently released the results of the inaugural year of the Smarter Balanced Assessment using the Common Core Academic Standards. Woodland Public Schools received the following results:

Woodland Public Schools 2015 SBA Results 

“These results provide a starting point benchmark for the district,” said Asha Riley, Assistant Superintendent for Woodland Public Schools. “Using these results, our administrators and teaching team will continue to improve student learning throughout the district by modifying existing lesson plans as well as creating new ones.”

What is the Common Core?

The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards determined by Washington State designed to ensure all students throughout the state will learn and know the same skills for mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) by the end of each grade, and be ready for success after graduation from high school.

The standards provide clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Smarter Balanced Assessment, aligned to the new standards, provides a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the year and make adjustments and interventions as necessary to ensure students are on the pathway to success.

What does Common Core mean for the Classroom?

A teacher’s lesson plans include the lesson objective, the materials used to teach the lesson, and a summary of the activities students will use to learn the lesson. Although the Common Core Standards set the objectives for student learning, teachers determine how those objectives are taught to the students. Teachers will always be the key to effective student learning.

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment measures critical thinking with questions designed to ask students to demonstrate their research, writing, and problem-solving skills. The goal is to provide parents, teachers, and policy-makers with better tools to monitor students, helping them succeed, thrive, and to increase student learning. Along these lines, the Smarter Balanced Assessments were developed with input from K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and other education experts. The assessments are administered in grades 3-8 and 11.

For students, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will provide the following:

  • Students will be challenged to complete complex tasks and apply knowledge.
  • Students will know how they are progressing toward college and career readiness.
  • Students’ test results will be accurate and will show them what they know and are able to accomplish.
  • The assessments are untimed so students can take breaks in order to do their best.
  • Accessibility resources and accommodations – such as Braille – are provided for the students who need them.

For parents, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will provide the following:

  • Parents will learn that class time is focused on learning, not testing.
  • Parents will see their child will have opportunities to improve.
  • Parents will know whether their child’s school is performing as well as it should.

For teachers, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will provide the following:

  • Teachers won’t be surprised by the test results at the end of the year.
  • Teachers will have the supports they need to help their students.
  • Teachers will know the assessments measure the right things in the right way.

Want to learn more?

The State of Washington provides additional information on the Smarter Balanced Assessment from OSPI’s website: