The assessment staff in Teaching and Learning provide training and support for the administration of all district, state, and national assessments. The department gathers and analyzes data and completes reporting. This information is used to improve student learning outcomes and inform families of their student’s performance and progress. This work is done in support of our 100% Graduation Goal.
The Purpose of Assessment
The purpose of assessment is the improvement of student learning outcomes. An effective assessment system is a coherent, aligned, and student-centered system that provides accurate and timely data that can be analyzed to support student learning and system effectiveness.
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle. The data generated through assessment is used to monitor student progress toward grade-level standards and to provide valuable information in identifying student strengths and challenges. This data informs day to day instructional decisions. The data generated is also useful in evaluating instructional programs.
State & District Assessments
Mount Vernon Schools administers state tests to students in grade 3-8 and high school. We also administer select assessments district-wide.
Assessment Calendars for Families
ReadyWA has resources to inform families and help students plan for their education and career including information about the value of assessments as one of the tools used in preparing students for college and career.
State Assessments & Graduation Requirements
To earn a high school diploma in Washington, students must meet the state testing graduation requirements. Many students address this requirement by meeting the graduation standard on the high school level Smarter Balanced English Language Arts assessment and the Smarter Balanced Math assessment. There are additional options called Graduation Alternatives that students can use to meet their state testing graduation requirement.
Click below to learn more about Graduation Alternatives
Click below to learn more about the graduation requirements and options for your student's class.
Click below to learn more about the Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) and Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) Options. The CIA Options are available only for students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
To refuse to participate in state or district testing, please contact your school to request a refusal form.