• Assessments


    Universal Screening

    To identify the level of support each student needs to be successful, SVSD uses Washington State-approved primary and secondary screeners to determine strengths and weaknesses in a student’s literacy development, as well as gaps in learning that may have occurred. In addition, literacy screeners help to assess how well students are responding to core instruction and if a student is at risk, or not at risk, for reduced learning outcomes.  Screeners can be administered synchronously or asynchronously and will be coordinated through the Student Services team in each school.

    The following are skills to be assessed through literacy screening: oral language, alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness, phonological awareness (phonemes and graphemes), fluency, vocabulary.  

    Primary Screeners:

    • Acadience for Kindergarten-2nd grade
    • STAR Reading for 3rd -5th grade

    Secondary Screeners:

    • Heggerty Phonics & Phonics Intervention Screener from 95% Group for K-2 grade
    • Acadience for 3rd -5th grade

    Reading/Math Intervention Services

    We will offer support for our most struggling students by providing a ‘double dose’ of reading and math instruction, through our Title I/LAP What I Need (WIN) program. WIN services will be supplemental to the core classroom instruction. Services can be provided synchronously or asynchronously, with the emphasis on synchronous interactions with students performing significantly below grade level. Literacy/Math specialists will:

    • Work within the school’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) schedule to provide interventions for qualifying students most in need of intervention.
    • Provide small group synchronous lessons, using available intervention digital tools,  outside of core instruction, focused on foundational reading and math skills and development needed to engage in core lessons.
    • Develop literacy and math scaffolds for lessons in core content areas in collaboration with general education teachers for both synchronous and asynchronous settings.
    • Limit group size to no more than 5 students in each group (3-4 kids for grades K-2, 4-5 kids for grades 3-5).
    • Schedule intervention groups for a minimum of 30 minutes, four days per week.

    6-12 Assessments

    Student progress in grades 6-12 will be assessed according to school-based and classroom-based monitoring plans using the following tools:

    • ELA myPerspectives beginning, middle and end of year assessments
    • Curriculum-based and teacher-developed classroom-based assessments
    • Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment Blocks

    Additionally, students will participate in the following assessments based on grade level requirements, course requirements, and/or personal interest:

    • Smarter Balanced assessments
    • PSAT
    • SAT
    • AP Exams
    • World Language Competency testing/Seal of Biliteracy
    • ASVAB