We are committed to Creating Promising Futures.

The mission of Clover Park School District is to ensure each child learns what he or she needs to know to succeed and contribute to the community. The mission includes ensuring every student is "Career and College Ready" upon high school graduation. To be career and college ready in an ever-changing world, teachers and staff track each student's academic progress on the road from kindergarten through grade 12.

This spring students grades 3 through 8 and high school will demonstrate their knowledge, mastery, and understanding of Washington state's K-12 Learning standards on the Smarter Balanced tests in mathematics and English language arts. In addition, students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Measures of Student Progress (MSP), which measures their understanding of Washington state's science content standards.

In Washington state as well as around the nation, colleges and universities have acknowledged the Smarter Balanced test as a good indicator of college readiness. Students earning scores of three or four on these assessments in high school can often go straight into credit-bearing college coursework and/or post-secondary job training without the need for remedial coursework, saving both time and money.

For more information on Smarter Balanced and career and college readiness, check out these excellent resources:

  • READY WA - Washington students deserve high-quality standards and test to prepare them for college, work and life. Click for more
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments - More than just a test! Click for more
  • Smarter Balanced - Higher Ed Approved Click for more
  • State Learning Standards and Testing - Go to resources.

Three Reasons to Take Smarter Balanced Assessments

Know Now if You Are Ready for College or Work
If you score a Level 3 or 4 on the high school Smarter Balanced assessment, you're on track to be ready for college or career, and can qualify for credit-bearing courses in college and avoid the cost and time of remedial, or high-school level courses.
Know if you Need Extra Help or if you can take an Advanced Class
The Smarter Balanced assessment measures how you're doing on your way to college or a career. It also lets teachers and families know how to support you to reach your goals.
Taking the Tests Helps Students, Teachers and Schools
Smarter Balanced provides educators, schools and families better information on how you and your school stack up against others in the state, nation and world, how you are improving and where you might need extra help.