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SBA Testing

On Monday, October 25th and Tuesday, October 26th students will participate in state testing, including the English and Math Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA), Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science (WCAS), and Healthy Youth Survey.  

Exams given by grade level:

9th graders: English, Math and Science exams

10th: Healthy Youth Survey

11th: English and Math exams

12th: English, Math and Science exams; Healthy Youth Survey 

Testing Schedule:

This year’s exams are shortened from previous years.  The schedule for exam days is:

Testing in Homerooms: 7:20-9:00

Period 1: 9:05- 9:54 (49 min.)

Period 2: 9:59-10:51 (announcements)

Lunch 10:51-11:21

Period 3 11:26- 12:15

Period 4: 12:20-1:09

Period 5: 1:14-2:03

Information on the SBA exams as a graduation requirement

Students need to earn a passing score on the English and Math SBA Exams or complete another graduation pathway, such as earning passing grades in qualifying English/Math courses, achieving a certain score on the SAT, or completing a CTE pathway.  Your school counselor can answer specific questions about all graduation pathways.

On Monday, October 18th, Senior Homeroom teachers will share with students whether they have met the English and Math graduation requirements and if they absolutely must attend testing.  Renton School District requests that all students take the exams as part of state and federal data reporting.

If your student would like to opt out of testing this year, please read the barriers and benefits below and then complete the Google form:

Benefits for Students Participating State Tests (SBA /WCAS/WA-AIM)

  • Participating in the State Tests give students access to one of the graduation pathways.
  • The state tests are the only standardized tests given to assess the state standards, including higher-level thinking, communication, reasoning, problem solving, and application of knowledge and skills in new situations. 
  • Teachers and staff can gain information about students’ progress toward meeting state standards (benchmarks for what students should know and be able to do) in the core academic areas of English Language Arts, math, and science, and can plan instruction accordingly.
  • Each student’s test performance provides a profile of the student’s strengths and weaknesses in each subject area tested. For students in grades 8 and higher, a Student Learning Plan is developed in any area in which the student did not meet standard, and this plan outlines appropriate instructional strategies.
  • Because the state tests have been shown to be an excellent predictor of success in the freshman year in college, students in high school can use their test performance as indicative of areas they need to strengthen prior to graduation.
  • Because the state tests assess students’ progress toward meeting standards, information regarding the performance of district groups of students can help district staff make decisions about the effectiveness of various instructional programs.
  • Students scoring a level 3 or 4 on the 10th grade SBA will be placed into college-level coursework in the Washington community and technical college system.

Barriers When Students Do Not Participate in the State Tests

  • Teachers and staff will lack important information about the academic needs of the students who do not participate in the test, which could lead to students not receiving all the instructional support they might need to be successful in school.
  • When a student has not participated in a state test, schools lack the necessary information to develop a detailed Student Learning Plan and High School and Beyond Plan for that student.
  • The results of students who do not participate in the test are counted in the school and district test results that are reported to the public. As a result, the performance of students in the school and district appears to be worse than it really is. 
  • Opt Out form