Test scores for public school students statewide were released Wednesday, Aug. 27, though many schools trying out the next form of testing won't have results to release.
Districts throughout the state are preparing to transition to the new Smarter Balanced tests from the current Measurements of Student Progress, High School Proficiency Exams and End-of-Course exams.
Ferndale, Bellingham, Meridian, Nooksack Valley and Lynden school districts field tested the new Smarter Balanced tests this past spring for some or all of their students. As a result, those districts will have limited results available to the public for the current tests.
"It was a test of the test, so we will not be getting any student or school or district scores on the field test," said Cindy Stockwell, assistant superintendant at Nooksack Valley School District.
Blaine and Mount Baker school districts did not take part in the field testing and will have full results for their schools.
The Smarter Balanced assessments will be fully implemented in the 2014-15 school year, with computer-based, end-of-year exams for English language arts and math, as well as optional interim testing to see students' progress during the year.
The new assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards that will be used in K-12 classrooms throughout the country this coming school year.
To view scores released Wednesday for local districts and schools, go to reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us. Near the top left of the page, there is a drop-down list that starts with Washington State; scroll down to select your district and hit "Go." Once the page reloads, use the drop-down menu to look at individual schools in the district.
The Bellingham Herald is assembling a more comprehensive look at how students in local districts performed on statewide testing, including information on which schools and grades in each district won't have results because of their participation in Smarter Balanced field testing. Look for that article in the next few days.