Every student at OPHC must participate in an assessment. This assessment choice is notated on the Annual Assessment Form which is part of the Registration packet. Your child's assessment choices will vary depending on their grade level.
Kindergarten students will participate in the WA/Kids assessment which will be administered by the Kindergarten teacher during Kindergarten class time at the start of the school year. Kindergarten families are also encouraged to participate in MAP Growth testing in the Winter and Spring, which can be administered at home. More information about the WA Kids Assessment can be found by visiting the WA Kids website below:
First grade and second grade have two assessment options: MAP Growth Assessments or Portfolio. Once your child is in third grade, another choice is available: the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC). SBAC is currently Washington State's standard test. There are several advantages to taking the SBAC - your advisor will help you choose the option that is best for your child. The MAP Growth Assessment is good practice for the SBAC, and you may choose for your child to take both.
Here is a quick summary of each assessment option:
Smarter Balanced (SBAC) – Standardized State Testing takes place in April at Crescent School District (CSD). You must come to CSD for this test, if this is not possible you may be able to take the test in your home district (prior arrangements might be necessary).
The following website gives some good insight into the Smarter Balanced test and why it is currently the assessment of choice in the State of Washington:
Portfolio Assessments - Portfolio assessments take place twice a year at the end of each semester during a workshop day. They involve a twenty minute meeting between your advisor, your child and you. Your child will have the opportunity to showcase what they have been learning in each of the four subject areas of their learning plan - ideally a sample from each subject area for each month of the semester.