|Assessment and Achievement|
Assessment is an integral part of curriculum and instructional decisions made within the Tukwila School District. Learning opportunities and assessment practices are designed to address a wide range of student learning styles and abilities. The review of assessment data includes collecting and analyzing individual student, building and district-wide performance.
Measures of Student Progress Exams (MSP), High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE), and End of Course Exams (EOC)
The MSP, HSPE, and EOC measures student performance against a state standard. The tests utilize multiple choices, short answer and fill-in response choices. Students who score 400 and above are said to have met standard. Students scoring below 400 are said to have not met standard.
Measures of Student Progress Exams (MSP) Grades 3-8
Students in grades 3 are assessed in reading and math. Students in grades 4 and 7 are assessed in reading, math and writing. Students in grades 5 and 8 are assessed in math, reading and science.
High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) Grades 10-12
End of Course Exams (EOC) in Algebra 1, Geometry and Biology Grades 7-12
Students in grade 10 are assessed by the HSPE in reading and writing. Students will take the EOC test in Algebra 1, Geometry and Biology upon completion of the course.
Students in the class of 2013 and 2014 must pass the reading and writing HSPE, and one EOC exam in Algebra 1 or Geometry in order to meet the state testing graduation requirements.
Students in the class of 2015 and beyond must pass the reading and writing HSPE, and all three EOC exams (Algebra 1, Geometry and Biology). Students may retest as needed to meet the high school standards.
Locally Determined Tests
Tukwila School District also uses a variety of tests to assess classroom performance on reading, writing, and math skills. All students in grades K-5 are tested on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) to measure their progress in reading. Students in grades 6-10 take the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test to measure their progress in reading.
In 2012-2013 students will participate in the Benchmark Assessments in mathematics in grades K-8 and in appropriate high school math classes.
For more information about these tests, please contact your local school.