Common Core Testing

Information on Smarter Balanced Testing (Tahoma testing window April 14-June 2) for grades 3-11.


Testing Calendar
Tahoma students in grades 3-11 will be participating in the Common Core Testing in late April and May. For specific testing at each grade level, check out the assessment calendar.

Common Core Parent Information
  • Tahoma website with Common Core information
    • Common Core Overviews by Grade Level
      2-page fliers produced by the National PTA
      4-page fliers produced by the Council of Great City Schools

      Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
      This is the testing consortium that is developing and administering the new Common Core Assessments Washington students will be taking in the spring 2015.

      • Sample items and a description of the performance tasks from Smarter

    Classroom Preparation
    Teachers will be taking students through some preparation activities before testing. Students will get an overview of what the test is and how the on-line testing tools work. Students will also get to practice with both the math and the ELA test items so they are familiar with the on-line tools and some of the new features possible with computer based testing that are different from pencil and paper testing. The district has been shifting our district unit assessment items to be more aligned to the Common Core standards so the level of thinking required by the new standards will not be completely new.

    Try a Practice Test
    Parents are welcome to try out one of the practice tests to get a feel for the variety of assessment types and a glimpse into the increased rigor of the new assessments.

    1. Go to the

    Practice Test portal

    2. Click on the practice test icon

    3. Scoll down and click on the Student Interface and Training Tests

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    4. Click on the bottom right SIGN IN


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    5. Select a Grade for the practice test you would like to do and click YES

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    6. Select the practice test you'd like to do

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    7. The page with the Select Settings allows you to see the different designated supports that are options for students. For most students the default settings will be used. Specialized settings are possible but in most cases we think they will distracting for students and the default settings are preferred.

    If you want to try one of the designated supports simply make that change and click the SELECTbutton at the bottom. If you want the default settings just leave everything alone and click SELECT.

    These settings are set by the building test coordinator for the operational testing and students are not allowed to changed the preset designated supports.

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    8. You can now review all the test settings. If you want to change a setting simply click NO to move back to a prior screen to reselect the test and review the test settings.

    If you want to begin the test click YES, START MY TEST.

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    9. You will now see the test instructions and a help screen where you can see all the different tool icons on the test page. This is available to students at any point during the test by clicking the ? button.

    Finally, by clicking on the BEGIN TEST NOWbutton at the bottom of the page the student gets the first test question and can proceed through the test.

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