CAT is an online testing method. Questions appear based on whether or not a student answers the previous question correctly or incorrectly. This gives a more accurate measure of each student's performance level.
PT are extended activities that measure a student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills across multiple standards—a key component of college and career readiness. Performance tasks will be used to better measure capacities such as depth of understanding, research skills and complex analysis.
Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered online.
Individual Score Reports are sent home a few months after your student sits for the assessment. These reports indicate your student’s overall score and corresponding achievement level, as well as, comparison scores for your student’s school, district, and state, and descriptions of your student’s performance in individual claims (areas like communicating reasoning in math), including strengths and weaknesses. A guide to understanding score reports can be found on Starting Smarter website: https://wa.startingsmarter.org/
To better understand your student’s scores in the context of what they are expected to know and are able to do by grade level and subject, you should review Starting Smarter: https://wa.startingsmarter.org/. There you can select the grade, subject, and score range (achievement level) for your student and see what sorts of skills were assessed in that claim, and read descriptions of the skills expected at each achievement level: above standard, at/near standard, or below.
Resources are available to help parents understand the assessment process so that they can better support their children's learning. Parents are critical partners in education. Please contact the Assessment and Research Department or your child's school, if you have any questions.
Here are some helpful resources from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI):
WCAP: Keeping Washington’s Students on Track for College and Career - This site contains a visual guide explaining the main parts of the Family Report (also known as the Student Score Report) document. Parents can use drop-down menus for grade, subject, and score range to access information about the knowledge and skills represented by student’s scores, along with some sample items from Smarter Balanced. There is also a section containing links to other webpages with resources designed for parents.