Healthy Youth Survey, PSAT Testing & State Assessment Information

Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey

The Washougal School District is participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey. Washougal High School students in the 10th and 12th grade will be taking the survey on Monday, October 15 during PRIDE Time (extended PRIDE Time schedule).

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

Healthy Youth Survey gathers information on student behaviors and risks

Results of the Healthy Youth Survey are used to support our youth and reduce their risks.Every two years, school districts around the state survey students in grades six, eight, ten, and twelve on a wide variety of health topics. The survey is sponsored by the Department of Health, the Family Policy Council, and other state agencies. It asks questions that are related to students’ risk of injury, health and alcohol and drug use.

Because the same survey has been administered over time, changes in attitudes and/or patterns of behavior can be observed. Any differences between school or district results and state results may also emerge. Survey results are used by schools, the district, communities and the state and local health departments to plan and to evaluate programs to support our youth and to reduce their risks.

PSAT Testing Information

Washougal High School will be offering the PSAT/NMSTQ on Wednesday, October 10. The exam is FREE for interested sophomores and juniors. The important information is below:

What: PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

When: Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 @ 7:50 am – 11:30 am

Where: Small Gym

Who: All interested Sophomores (Class of 2021) & Juniors (Class of 2020)

How much: FREE to all WHS Students
How: Sign up in the Counseling Center and receive a free practice booklet
Why: See the important reasons below

See below for helpful information on understanding student’s PSAT scores and how students can use them to prepare for the SAT. 

  • PSAT Results will be released when they become available during the school year 2018-2019. Students who plan to take the PSAT this school year will be able to log onto their College Board Account in order to view their scores when they are made available. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Washougal Counseling Center. WHS counselors are there to help.

RESOURCES:

Visit collegeboard.com/psat for general information regarding the PSAT.

For official PSAT practice visit collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice

College Board Account The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

PSAT Score Report Video Understand your scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT.

  • Information and Score Reporting

Smarter Balance Assessment Information

Class of 2019 – Seniors who have not met the English Language Arts and/or math graduation requirement will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment(s) during the following dates:

Class of 2020 – Juniors will have the opportunity to meet the English Language Arts and/or math graduation requirements by taking the Smarter Balance Assessment(s) during the following dates in their English and math classes:

  • English Language Arts – TBD
  • Math – TBD

Class of 2021 – Sophomores will have the opportunity to meet the English Language Arts and/or math graduation requirements by taking the Smarter Balance Assessment(s) during the following dates in their English and math classes:

  • English Language Arts – TBD
  • Math – TBD

Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

  • All the testing will be done online, and the tests are adaptive.  This means that, to a certain extent, the test questions will become more difficult – or easier – depending on each student’s responses.
  • The tests are untimed, similar to previous state tests.
  • Each subject test – ELA or math – will take multiple sessions to complete; students will not finish a test in a single day.  Estimated testing time per subject is 3.5 – 4 hours.
  • Each test is composed of a computer adaptive section (multiple choice, fill in the blank, etc), plus a performance task section that will better measure students’ depth of understanding, research and analysis skills, etc.
  • All 10th graders will take the Smarter Balance English Language Arts assessment in the spring during their English class.
  • All 11th graders who have not met standard on the Smarter Balance English Language Arts assessment will have an opportunity to retest in the fall and spring.
  • All 11th graders will take the Smarter Balance Math assessment in the spring.
  • 10th graders who are in Algebra II or higher will have an opportunity to take the Smarter Balance Math assessment in the spring.

Comprehensive Assessment Portal: AIR’s Washington Comprehensive Assessment Portal now available

There are two main components to the SBA: a computer adaptive test, a classroom activity, and a performance task.

  • Computer Adaptive Test: Adaptive tests taken on a computer adjust to a student’s ability by basing the difficulty of future questions on previous answers. An adaptive test gives a more precise estimate of a student’s ability than a paper / pencil test. This type of test gives an accurate measure of a student’s current performance on the new Washington state standards and is a reasonable testing experience for students.
  • Performance Task: A Performance Task challenges students to apply their knowledge and skills in response to a real-world problem. The task is a collection of questions and activities that connect to a single theme. This task is designed to measure a student’s depth of understanding, ability to answer difficult questions, and the ability to use and cite research in support of an idea. These tasks are scored by hand at the state level.

Resources:

Practice Tests
Parents and students have access to sets of questions aligned to the new Washington state standards. Each practice pest has about 30 questions as well as an answer key. You will find the practice tests at the following link:  http://wa.portal.airast.org/training-tests/.

 ESD112 SBAC Resource
WHS Testing Plan
10th Graders will take the ELA assessment during Sophomore English
11th Graders will take the ELA assessment during Junior English
11th Grades will take the Math assessment….TBD
Estimated Testing Time
Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS)
  • The Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) is a component of Washington’s comprehensive assessment program focused on providing access for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to the state testing system.

    WAAS includes the following assessment instruments:

    WAAS-Portfolio. Designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities, the Portfolio is a collection of data aligned to specific skills that a student demonstrates in a classroom setting.

    Basic. A determination by a student’s IEP team to establish a proficient score at Level 2, or Basic, on the state’s annual assessment. This score determination process is accessible for all students on an IEP in grades 3 through 8 and high school. The MSP/HSPE Basic cannot be used for state and federal accountability; at the high school level the HSPE Basic can be used to meet state graduation requirements.

    Graduation Options:

    Off Grade Level Assessment(s). The developmentally appropriate proficiency exams (DAPE) are accessible by 11th and 12th grade students only for purpose of meeting state graduation requirements. Each assessment is constructed to determine student skills at either elementary or middle school level of knowledge; a student may access the DAPE in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. Meeting standard is scoring at or above Level 3 or Proficient.

    Locally Determined Assessment (LDA). A series of state-prescribed assessments available in the content areas of reading, writing, and mathematics that can be selected and administered at the local school. The LDA is accessible by 12th grade students only for purpose of meeting state graduation requirements. Meeting standard is scoring at or above the established minimum grade equivalency (G.E.) for the prescribed test.

    Awareness Level Waiver. For students with disabilities at extreme low levels of cognitive interaction, IEP teams and associated districts can pursue a waiver from further state testing and the state graduation requirements linked to the state’s assessment program.

    More WAAS Information:

  • OSPI’s Guidance for Families about Special Education Service
  • Learn more about the SBA

Additional Information

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