It’s testing week all around. Elementary students around the area will be taking the Measurement of Student Progress – the new state test that replaced the WASL. (High schoolers took their test – the HSPE -in March.) Accelerated Placement (or AP) tests begin this week too. For more about AP tests, check out the College Board site.
Across the state, 60,000 sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be taking the MSP test online. It’s the beginning of what Superintendent for Public Instruction Randy Dorn plans for all students eventually. There’s concern about whether all schools will have the technology available to administer these tests online. But a press release from Dorn’s office made it clear that’s the direction the state will take.
The MSP (including the written version) is also shorter than the old WASL. Seems the hype is a little less too.
On the MSP, students are tested in:
Reading: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Writing: Grades 4 and 7
Math: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Science: Grades 5 and 8
For more information about the state tests, go to the OSPI site.