Briarwood Testing Dates 2022-2023
Please note these dates to ensure that your child is present, had breakfast and is on time for the appropriate testing. Any student arriving after testing has begun will not be admitted to class until testing has completed for that day. Students may not be dismissed from class during testing for any reason other than illness. In addition, vacation requests will not be approved during the testing window.
We would appreciate your consideration of these testing dates as you make medical appointments and/or vacation plans.
Briarwood Assessment Calendar 2022-2023
CogAT Kindergarten Screener
November 2 – 4, 2022
CogAT/TTCT 2nd Grade Screener
March 7 – 10, 2023
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) - Spring Window
Grade 3/4/5/Sci Tech
May 1 – June 2, 2023
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)
Grade 5/Sci Tech
May 22, 2023
For more information about Assessment in the Issaquah School District, visit their Testing webpage.
SBA Assessment Schedule 2022-2023
3rd Grade – May 1 – 5, 2023
4th Grade – May 8 – 12, 2023
5th Grade (includes 1 extra day for Science) – May 15 – 22, 2023
SciTech (4th and 5th Grade (includes 1 extra day for Science)) – May 15 – May 22, 2023
Estimated Testing Lengths:
- Spring ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) – 90 minutes
- Spring Math Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) – 90 minutes
- ELA Performance Task (PT) – 120 minutes
- Math Performance Task (PT) – 60 minutes
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) – 90 minutes
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Information
What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)? Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for curriculum and will implement the Smarter Balanced assessment for grades 3-5 statewide. CCSS have increased the rigor for our students.
Where can I find more information or practice tests?
- A video that provides information about the shift.
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Training Test: Families are welcome to practice at home to get students comfortable with the format. These tests work best with Chrome or Firefox.
- Issaquah School District SBA Information
- OSPI: The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
When are Grades 3-5 testing?
The testing window at Briarwood is from May 1 – June 2, 2023 (extra days are for Make-Ups due to illness and other absences). See the above dates for more specific information.
I received my scores...now what?
Visit the Great Schools website to learn more about what your child's test scores mean.
Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. The State Test for elementary school students is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and math. In addition to the SBA, students in grades 5, 8 and 11 take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), which assesses the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards.
Elementary District Assessments
Our comprehensive assessment system includes district-wide assessments throughout the elementary years. These assessments were carefully selected to provide valid, reliable and useful information on the achievement of our students.
Uses of these assessments include the following:
- Informing instruction. Elementary district assessments provide valuable information on the specific skills and learning needs of students, so that their teachers can design instruction to meet the needs of their students.
- Early identification of learning difficulties. Early identification of literacy and math learning difficulties is critical to supporting and accelerating learning and to preventing early problems from becoming more severe over time. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, Washington State requires screening for weaknesses in literacy skill development that may be associated with dyslexia. Learn more about this screening process within the ISD.
- School Improvement Planning. Assessment information is used by school leadership teams to direct school improvement efforts and build effective, equitable programs that support learning.
Elementary District Assessments include the following:
i-Ready Reading & Math Assessments
Used in Kindergarten through 5th grade, i-Ready Assessment provides information that empowers teachers with a deeper knowledge of their students’ needs. Based on research into assessment design and backed by extensive validity evidence, i-Ready assessments provide information teachers meaningful, actionable insights into students' skill proficiencies and learning needs to empower differentiating instruction.
Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment (F&P)
The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment provides accurate and reliable tools to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of all students and document student progress through one-on-one formative and summative assessments.
WaKIDS is a state-wide program designed to welcome children and their families to kindergarten and the K-12 system as partners in their child’s education. Beginning in school year 2016-2017 all Issaquah School District elementary schools will participate in the WaKIDS program. WaKIDS is required for schools that receive state funds for full-day kindergarten.