Fall State Assessments in Finley

State assessments: what you need to know and how to use the results
Posted on 09/28/2021

State assessments are happening in Finley schools October 5th-21st in math, English language arts, and science. These assessments normally happen in the spring but were postponed because of the pandemic. Fall tests will reflect the grades students were in during the 2020-21 school year.

  • Fall English language arts and math assessments will be administered in grades 4–9 and 11 for the grades 3–8 and 10 tests.
  • The fall science assessment will be administered in grades 6, 9, and 12 for the grades 5, 8, and 11 tests.

Assessments will be shorter than usual this fall to accommodate the unique circumstances we are in while still ensuring results are maximally useful. English, math, and science assessments are all designed to be completed in a single online session, though students can take the time they need.

Finley Fall Smarter Balanced Testing Schedule

Elementary

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 – 4th Grade English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 – 4th Grade Math
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 – 5th Grade English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 – 5th Grade Math

Middle School

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – 6th Grade Science
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 – 6th, 7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 – 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math

High School

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 – 9th, 11th, & 12th Grade English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 – 9th, 11th, & 12th Grade Math

Why are assessments important?

Assessments are one way, along with other measures, to know how students are doing in these subjects. They also provide important information to understand how districts and the state are doing in meeting all students’ learning needs. You can use the results to engage with your child’s teacher(s) about how to support learning at home.

Information about graduation pathway requirements

Students who are 11th graders in the 2021–22 school year (who would have tested as 10th graders in the spring of 2021) will be taking the high school English language arts and math assessments in fall 2021.

  • The fall 2021 tests in both math and English language arts can be used to meet a graduation pathway requirement if that corresponds to the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.
  • Students in the Class of 2022, who did not have an opportunity to take ELA or math assessments in spring 2020, may choose to test during the 2021–22 school year to meet a graduation pathway requirement if it aligns with their High School and Beyond Plan.

Additional Resources

Check out these resources to learn more about the assessments and ways to use the results to support your student: