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State testing underway

All Washington state public school students in grades 3-8 and 11 have been preparing for new state tests called Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAs). Teachers throughout Clover Park School District (CPSD) have spent time becoming familiar with the SBAs.

Instead of using paper and pencil, the tests are taken on computers and students must demonstrate research, writing and analytical skills instead of simply answering multiple choice questions. Teachers have been familiarizing students with the new format to ensure they have the necessary technology skills to take the tests and can successfully demonstrate their understanding of state standards.

“Our teachers have been preparing students for the new tests since the beginning of the school year,” said Clover Park School District superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “I am confident our students will give their best efforts on the test and thank families for supporting their students at home as well.”

For more information about the Smarter Balanced tests and to try out a practice test, please visit the district’s website under the Assessment department.