Fall State Assessments
The Smarter Balanced assessments (ELA and math) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) are normally given in the spring. In Washington, the spring 2021 tests were postponed until fall. Dieringer students in grades 4 through 8 took those assessments in late October and early November. Fall tests reflect the grade students were in during the 2020-21 school year.
Fall assessments were shorter than usual, but will help us know, along with other measures, how students are doing in these subjects. They also provide important information to understand how districts and the state are doing in meeting students’ learning needs.
Preliminary fall scores will be available in Skyward in late November.
Spring State Assessments
The annual spring assessments take place in May and early June in the Dieringer district, and provide a key measure to help education leaders, teachers, and parents improve learning. Knowing which students are ready for career, college, and life, and knowing how well our schools are preparing all students, are important parts of Washington’s accountability system.
In the spring of 2022, students in grades 3-8 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in math and English language arts (ELA). 5th and 8th graders will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).
Detailed testing schedules for each school and grade will be provided in the spring.
Washington - Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): Alternate assessments in ELA, math and science for students with significant cognitive challenges.
WIDA Screener: Used to determine initial eligibility for English language development (ELD) services.
WIDA ACCESS for ELLs: Annual online summative assessment of English language proficiency to determine continued eligibility for ELD services.
Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Skills (WaKIDS): This program helps bring families, teachers, and early learning providers together to support each child's learning and transition into public schools.