State Testing

Grand Ridge Testing Dates

Please note these dates once listed to ensure that your child is present, had breakfast and is on time for the appropriate testing.  Any student arriving after testing has begun will not be admitted to class until testing has completed for that day.  Students may not be dismissed from class during testing for any reason other than illness.  Please read the following section for more details about absences during testing

Grand Ridge Assessment Calendar 20-21

To Be Determind
Iowa Assessment/Torrance Test of Creative Thinking
(Highly Capable Testing)
Grade 2

To Be Determind

CogAT (Highly Capable Testing)Grade 2


Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Grade 3

To Be Determind



Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)Grade 4

To Be Determind



Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)Grade 5


To Be Determind


WCAS (Science)Grade 5To Be Determind
ELPA (Language Proficiency)ELLTBD

For more information about Assessment in the Issaquah School District, visit the Assessment page or the Highly Capable Testing page.

Family Trips During Assessment Windows

As we have done in the past, family trips taken during assessment windows will be marked as Unexcused. This is because the data collected during these assessments informs our practice and supports your child’s learning. Naturally, our preference is for families to travel during vacation periods outlined by the ISD. If your family needs to travel outside of those windows, please be aware of two things:

  1. Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused
  2. Per State law beginning 2017-18:
    • 5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.
    • 10 or more unexcused absences in a year require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

    Things to note:

    • Any absence is marked unexcused if you do not call in prior to the absence.
    • A child arriving 2 hours or more after the start of the day is not a tardy. At that point, it is considered an absence.
    • Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms have changed. The new forms are posted on our website.  They are due to the office at least one week BEFORE the first day of the absence. Forms received outside of that window may not be received in time for processing and could result in an unexcused absence.
    • Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms may not be completed retroactively.  
    • Pre-Arranged Absence Request forms are available here: 3-20 Days    20+ Days

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Information

What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)? Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for curriculum and will implement the Smarter Balanced Assessment for grades 3-5 statewide. CCSS have increased the rigor for our students.

Where can I find more information or practice tests?

When are Grades 3-5 testing? The testing window at Grand Ridge is from late March to June 2019. Specific testing dates are listed above.

I received my what? Visit the Great Schools website to learn more about what your child's test scores mean.