Student Testing Programs
The Centralia School District Assessment System provides important information to help students, parents, and educators make teaching and learning decisions. Individual student goal setting and program involvement initiatives are enhanced through the use of assessment data to inform these processes.
The district uses a variety of assessments to measure academic growth and achievement and complies with all state and national testing requirements.
Students in grades 3-8 will take the Measurement of Student Progress in the spring. The MSP assesses all of these grade levels in their knowledge of reading and mathematics. In addition, grades 4 and 7 take a writing exam and grades 5 and 8 take a science exam. Administered at grade 10 (and above as necessary) is the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE). This test assesses reading, writing, and science each spring. Math end of course exams are a new requirement this year and will be administered within three weeks of the end of your student's math course at the high school level.
Washington uses the grades 3-8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test its students. The HSPE is used as the state's high school exit exam. In spring 2010, Washington also began online testing
in grades 6–8 in reading and math.
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
The name of the MSP, given to students in grades 3-8, conveys the goal of the test: to measure student progress.
Note: The state will release results of spring 2010 MSP testing on August 31. School districts will mail student score reports to families by mid September.
High School Proficiency Exam
This test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state's exit exam. Students must pass this assessment or a state-approved alternative in reading and writing in order to be eligible to graduate.
The Washington Language Proficiency Test
(WLPT) measures English language competencies for student who receive second language learning services funded by the state. This test measures reading, writing, speaking, and listening performance in grades 2-12.
At 2nd grade all students are tested in the Fall and Spring using a reading assessment which measures fluency and comprehension skills.
Also each Fall, 3rd graders will have the opportunity to take a cognitive skills assessment exam that is used for initial screening for the 3-8 gifted programs (APEX and Humanities). This assessment is part of a gifted program screening process. Please see the "Special Programs" section of this website for further details.
Curriculum assessments are administered by teachers in each school and results are used to guide student placement decisions as well as curriculum selection and intervention needs.
Detailed assessment data will be reported annually through the schools, district performance reports, our student-parent-teacher conferences held throughout the year, and the OSPI website: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us
Director of Teaching and Learning