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Assessment Choices



Every OPHC student must participate in one of the following assessments. This assessment choice is noted 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 must participate in WaKIDS. WaKIDS has two parts:  a "Family Connection Meeting", which is a one-on-one meeting with a child’s family/guardian to welcome them to the K-12 system, and a "Whole Child Assessment" which is an observational assessment (the kindergarten teacher observes children during everyday activities: transitions, instruction, learning centers, etc.).  Kindergarten families then choose to either participate in MAP Growth testing in the Fall, Winter and Spring which can be administered at home or to create Portfolios of student work. More information about these testing choices can be found below.  Specific information about WaKIDS can be found here:

1st - 8th Grade:

First 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.  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 May at the public library in Port Angeles (for Clallam County students) or the San Juan Baptist Church (for Jefferson County students).  There are several advantages to taking the SBAC.  It is good practice for future high school graduation - a score meeting or exceeding state standards is one of the pathways to graduating.  Students that start early have a better chance of success at this test.  Your advisor can discuss these and more benefits with you.

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 Assessments are taken by the student at home once in the Spring, Winter and Fall and proctored remotely.  Students are only required to take the Math and Reading tests, optional Language Usage and Science tests can be provided upon request.   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 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.
For more information visit the MAP Growth website:


Portfolio Assessments - Portfolio assessments involve creating a portfolio of work from each of the subject areas in the WSLP, and submitting this work via Seesaw (an online program we use as a communication tool between student and teacher advisor) on a monthly basis.  Teacher advisors provide feedback about the portfolios, creating an on-going communication about progress being made.


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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