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Assessment Choices



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:

MAP Growth Assessments - MAP Growth is the most trusted and innovative assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K–12 math, reading, language usage, and science.  MAP Growth is a computer adaptive assessment is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.  It provides teachers with accurate, and actionable evidence to help target instruction for each student or groups of students regardless of how far above or below they are from their grade level. It also connects to the largest set of instructional content providers, giving educators flexibility in curriculum choices. 
For more information visit the MAP Growth website:


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.  


Contact Information

OPHC Principal:
Dave Bingham 360-928-3311 ext. 1003
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OPHC Administrative Secretary:
Paula Burgner 360-928-3311 ext. 1060
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