Overview

  • DecorationThe Office of Student Learning collaborates with teachers, administrators, and staff to support student learning and achieve the goals outlined in the district strategic plan. By providing valuable information and data, we help district personnel and the public monitor the effectiveness of our schools and programs. 

    State Assessments
    State assessments are mandated for federal accountability standards and include the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), and English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). Alternative versions of these assessments are available for students with disabilities. Additionally, the WAKids assessment is administered to kindergarteners in the fall to gauge their readiness for school. Yelm Community Schools utilizes data from these assessments to evaluate program effectiveness, although much of the results data becomes available only at the end of the school year.

    District Assessments
    District assessments, often referred to as benchmark assessments, are administered more frequently than state assessments, typically three times per year. Many of these assessments include progress monitoring options, allowing for more frequent evaluation of identified standards and skills. This helps us understand student progress between the usual benchmark testing periods. The data from these assessments informs instructional planning and measures growth at both the grade and classroom levels, comparing our students to their peers nationwide.

    Curriculum-Based Assessments
    Teachers also use curriculum-based assessments, such as mid-unit/module or end-of-unit/module tests. These assessments are directly linked to the curriculum and are instrumental in informing ongoing instructional practices. By using these smaller-scale assessments, teachers can make timely adjustments within a unit or module if they notice students struggling with specific content or skills.

Have Questions?

  • Director of Assessment, Data Management, and Grants at 360.458.6120 or email Kurt Fourre