Fall 2021 Family SBA Letter

Fall 2021 Family SBA Letter
Posted on 10/01/2021
Fall 2021 Family SBA Letter

October 1, 2021

Dear Cavalier Families,

This fall students in grades 4–8 will take the Smarter Balanced or Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) tests in math and English language arts. Students in grade 6 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) or the WA-AIM science test. These tests are a brief check-in on student learning from the 2020-21 school year. All students in grades 6th-8th will take the assessments for last year’s grade level. This means: 8th graders will take 7th grade assessments, 7th graders will take 6th grade assessments and 6th graders will take 5th grade assessments.

Students had limited in-person time in the classroom and likely experienced f ewer opportunities to learn last school year. Last spring’s Smarter Balanced and WCAS testing were postponed to fall as we prioritized critical in-person instruction time for the benefit of students, families, and district staff. The WA-AIM spring 2021 window was extended into fall to allow flexibility for teachers and students, based on student need. Smarter Balanced and WCAS tests were also shortened this fall to ensure that students and teachers would have as much time as possible at the start of school year 2021–22 to establish relationships, routines, and activities.

The results from the Smarter Balanced and WA-AIM math and/or English language arts tests provide a picture of whether students across the state are on track to be ready for career or college. The results also help us identify and understand the learning needs of our students.

Knowing your student’s achievement level will provide an important piece of information. As the school year progresses, your student’s teacher will be able to provide more information about your student’s skills in ELA, math, and science. Our school will have access to the Smarter Balanced and WCAS test scores a few days after students complete the tests. WA-AIM scores will be available in late January.

Our school is scheduled to take the tests October 18th through 22nd, 2021. We will have a modified bell schedule during this week. We will post the bell schedule on our website. Make-up tests will be October 25th through 27th.

How to help your student be ready:

  1. Encourage them to get a good night’s rest.
  2. Encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast; testing takes energy!
  3. Have them charge their computers each night; each student is testing on their school-issued devices.
  4. Encourage them to do their best.

For more information about the tests, visit: State Testing, and click on the name of the test. To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test or WCAS training test, visit: WA Portal. For more information about the WA-AIM tests, visit: WA-AIM Resources. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Cori Goller, KMS testing coordinator, at: cgoller@nkschools.org.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your student is successful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your student. We want your student to leave us with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities. Thank you so much for supporting your student!


  • Danielle Warman
  • Principal (She/Her)
  • Kingston Middle School
  • 360-396-3402
  • The Art of the Cav: Ambitious, Responsible, Thoughtful

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