State Testing

Grand Ridge Testing Dates

Please note these dates 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 2019-2020

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

March 10-13, 2020

CogAT (Highly Capable Testing)Grade 2

January 14-17, 2020

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Grade 3

May 18, 2020 - ELA CAT
May 19, 2020 - ELA PT

May 28, 2020 - Math CAT

May 29, 2020 - Math PT

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)Grade 4

April 29, 2020 - ELA CAT

April 30, 2020 - ELA PT

May 4, 2020 - Math CAT

May 5, 2020 - Math PT

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)Grade 5

May 7, 2020 - Math CAT

May 8, 2020 - Math PT

May 11, 2020 - ELA CAT

May 12, 2020 - ELA PT

WCAS (Science)Grade 5May 21, 2020
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 scores...now what? Visit the Great Schools website to learn more about what your child's test scores mean.