SBA Assessment FAQ’s

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Below are some FAQs from CHS parents and students regarding Smarter Balanced Assessments. If you have a question that has not yet been answered, please submit it here. We will do our best to answer it within the week!

Question

I thought the Juniors had taken all the tests they are required to take to graduate. Does this new test represent a new graduation requirement? If not, are the Juniors required to take it?

Answer

The State of Washington requires that all Juniors to take the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced Assessments even if they have already passed the Reading & Writing HSPE and Math & Science End-of-Course Assessments. Here is a breakdown of graduation requirements by grade:

This year’s Seniors (Class of 2016) may meet graduation requirements by meeting/exceeding standard on the following state tests:

  • HSPE Writing and Reading tests
  • Biology EOC Assessment
  • Either the Algebra or Geometry EOC Assessment

This year’s Juniors (Class of 2017) may meet graduation requirements by meeting/exceeding standard on the following state tests:

  • HSPE Writing and Reading tests or 11th Grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
  • Biology EOC Assessment
  • Either a version of the Algebra or Geometry EOC Assessment or the 11th Grade Smarter Balanced Math Test

This year’s Sophomores (Class of 2018) may meet graduation requirements by meeting/exceeding standard on the following state tests:

  1. 10th Grade English Language Art Smarter Balanced Exit Exam (ELA) or 11th Grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
  2. Biology EOC Assessment
  3. Either a version of the Algebra or Geometry EOC Assessment or the 11th Grade Smarter Balanced Math Test

Question

If my Junior has already passed the HSPE Reading and Writing Tests as well as the math and science tests why would they need to try the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math tests?

Answer

There are a couple of reasons why they should do their best on these tests. First, the scores count for CHS so they will represent the effectiveness of our school, which has implications at the state and federal levels. Second, Washington state universities will use these scores in lieu of placement exams. So, if a student scores well on the Smarter Balanced Assessments they will not have to take placement tests and will avoid having to take remedial coursework. Third, it is an important character and life skill to always do your best! Fourth, we expect our students to show some Papermaker Pride in everything they do.

Question

Does my 10th Grade student really need to try to pass the 10th Grade ELA test if he gets a second chance at meeting this requirement his junior year?

Answer

Yes. If he passes this test with a graduation requirement cut off score then he has met the state graduation requirement for ELA. But he will still need to take the Smarter Balanced ELA Assessment his junior year. We are not yet sure what happens if he passes the 10th Grade ELA test by meeting the College and Career Readiness (CCR) score!

Question

If my student passes the 10th Grade ELA by meeting either the graduation requirement or CCR cutoff score can she take the 11th Grade ELA in hopes of getting a higher score for college placement purposes?

Answer

At this time, yes. The state could limit “optional retakes”, but for now, students will have this option.

Question

How soon will we get the test results?

Answer

As of now, the state has estimated the turnaround time to be 3 weeks. We will see!