State Testing

What is Smarter Balanced

Smarter Balanced is an Assessment System designed to inform and measure learning toward Common Core standards. At WMS, grades 5 through 8 are tested in ELA and Math in the last 8 weeks of school.

Measurement of Student Progress (MSP)

The Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) is our state test to help measure student learning in Washington State. It is the assessment created to fulfill the requirements of the Education Reform Law passed by the Washington State Legislature. In Spring, WMS tests the 5th and 8th grade students in science only.


For Students

  • Don't make appointments during the two week testing period. If you miss a test, it may cause more anxiety to make it up.
  • Eat before the test, having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test.
  • Set your alarm and make sure that you get to school on time that day.
  • Go to the bathroom before taking the test.
  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed, if you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
  • Don't rush but pace yourself, read the entire question and look for keywords.
  • Always read the whole question carefully.
  • Don't worry if others finish before you; focus on the test in front of you.
  • When you are finished, look over your test and make sure that you have answered all the questions. Your first answer is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.

For Parents

  • Be sure your child is at school every day and on time. Good attendance is needed to do well in school — and to do well on tests. Taking a test with people you're used to being with is always better than taking it at a different time and in a different place. Be sure your child arrives at school on time, well rested, and well nourished.
  • Take an interest in your child's schoolwork. When children and parents talk regularly about school, children perform better academically.
  • Provide a healthy and stress-free home environment for your child. Don’t give your child unnecessary stress by overemphasizing the test.
  • Give your child verbal encouragement. Help boost your child’s self-esteem. Provide emotional support, especially during critical testing periods.
  • Make a quiet place at home for your child to study, read, and do homework assignments. Monitor and limit your child’s television viewing and video game playing.
  • Work on reading with your child at home. Good reading skills are important to success in school and to doing well on tests. Set a good example as a reader. Read every day at home even if it is a magazine or newspaper.