Fall 2021 Assessment Information
Kent School District (KSD) will use multiple tools this fall to understand your student’s educational needs. These efforts will help teachers develop individual student learning plans that support your student’s learning.
The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) opted to postpone last spring’s administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) to this fall. KSD students will take a condensed version of the SBA and the WCAS for their prior grade level this October. For example: a current fourth-grade student will take the third-grade SBA to measure their learning from last school year.
Beyond serving educational accountability purposes, data from these tests provide our teachers with an understanding of what our students learned over the 2020-2021 school year. Students will also participate in a normal spring administration of the SBA and WCAS this academic year.
Other tools used this fall include Wa-KIDS and the i-Ready Diagnostic.
Wa-KIDS for Kindergarten
Wa-KIDS is a whole-child assessment that provides a snapshot of where a kindergarten student is in their development as a learner to help teachers make decisions about how to best teach your student. Understanding each child's skills and strengths helps teachers and parents work together to support each student’s growth in kindergarten.
i-Ready Diagnostic for Grades 3-8
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to capture your student’s individual capabilities. KSD will use the i-Ready Diagnostic with students in grades 3-8 to gather information specific to your student to help teachers know how best to support their learning. KSD uses the i-Ready Diagnostic three times a year to measure student learning and adjust instructional strategies accordingly.
The information provided from the SBA and other assessments this fall will help teachers understand what students learned during the pandemic. It will help with planning for additional academic supports for all students, and for high schoolers can help meet a state graduation requirement.
Dyslexia Screener - DIBELS 8 or i-Ready
KSD is using literacy measurement tools in grades K-2 to screen students for indicators of future reading difficulty. In accordance with State Law, the assessment requirements include: screening (the initial assessment of literacy skills), Rapid Automatized Naming (assesses the ability to quickly name aloud a series of familiar items on a page), and progress monitoring (assigned as necessary to measure skill acquisition and in alignment with vendor recommendations).
- Kindergarten: Screener and RAN in Winter and Progress Monitoring in Spring
- First Grade: Screener in Fall, Progress Monitoring and RAN in Winter, and Progress Monitoring in Spring
- Second Grade: Screener in Fall, Progress Monitoring in Winter, and Progress Monitoring in Spring
If you have questions about the Dyslexia Screener please send them to TeachingandLearning@kent.k12.wa.us
Ensuring Safety During COVID-19
Kent School District will follow guidance from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Department of Health on how assessments are administered to meet safety protocols.