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District Assessment

Our district currently has assessments in place for oral reading (1st-6th) , writing (K-8th), and math (TK-8th). Assessments for English language arts are currently being piloted by individual school sites, who might require other grade level assessments, as well.  

Click on the tabs for current information on the testing windows for required TK-8 district-wide assessments, as well as for information about the tests themselves.

Anjanette Winkler, Ed. D
Coordinator of Assessment & Accountability
(805) 928-1783 x 8221
Terie Cota
(805) 928-1783 x8168
Kim Trento
(805) 928-1783 x8147

Click on the links below to find more specific information on materials distribution, testing windows, and due dates for our district-wide assessments.

All TK-8 Assessments by Trimester

Required District Assessments

Assessments by Grade Level 

These docs contain more comprehensive information, with notes pertinent to the specific grade level.  

TK     K     1st     2nd     3rd     4th     5th     6th     JH

*Please note that these are links  to live Google docs.  They will contain the most reliable and up-to-date information.  Dates are subject to change; keep this in mind if deciding to print copies.

Oral Reading  Assessments

These assessments are for all 2nd through 6th grade students.  At the end of each trimester, one-minute oral reading fluency checks should be administered to evaluate students' reading rates, and to document their progress over time in comparison to national fluency norms. These assessments should be used to gather information on students' oral fluency, phrasing, pitch, intonation and comprehension.  

Using the passage supplied, or accessed via the link below, students are to be assessed individually when most convenient for teachers (for example, at the beginning or end of day, when appropriate during a portion of small-group reading time, or during independent reading time) . It should, however, be only one of  multiple passages used to determine a report card score. Any passages  located in the Benchmark Advance Foundational Skills Assessment book may be used for these additional assessment opportunities except those used for the District Oral Reading Assessment.

2-6 Grades Overview

2nd     3rd     4th     5th     6th

TK-8 District Language Arts Assessments

These assessments are tools to be used to help determine if students can demonstrate that they have met the grade level curricular goals.  

TK Benchmark - administered 1:1 or in small groups at end of Trimesters 2 and 3
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Benchmark - administered 1:1 or in small groups at end of each trimester
2nd through 8th Grade do not currently have a district-wide assessment, as school sites are piloting options.  

TK     K      1st

TK-8 District Math Assessments

These assessments are tools to be used to help determine if students can demonstrate that they have met the grade level curricular goals suggested in the Instructional Trajectory. Teacher copies of each the online assessments will be available via the links below, along with coherence maps and the trajectory.  Please note, that for copyright reasons, the assessments themselves will  only visible if you are logged into your district Google account while accessing the website.

All Grades

TK      K      1st      2nd      3rd      4th      5th      6th      7th      8th

1-6 District Writing Assessments

The SMBSD Unassisted Writing Prompt is based on the new California State ELA standards' shift toward writing from sources.This shift is also reflected in Smarter Balanced testing.

Students will develop written pieces that respond to ideas, events, facts, and arguments presented in the texts to which they listen, and read.  The inclusion and use of a variety of texts prior to the actual writing process allows students to build knowledge about the topic, and to develop an opinion based on evidence from the texts.

 The Unassisted Writing Assessment process is designed to be a formative assessment tool that will help to reflect students' writing strengths and weaknesses. Assessments for grades 2nd through 6th are to be administered in the fall and the spring. Junior High writing is administered in the spring.

The process should also help drive both individual and group instruction in the classroom.  Additionally, the school sites, and the District use the scores as a summative assessment.  Scores recorded in SchoolCity and the writing samples placed in cums, demonstrate growth over time, and help build an anecdotal picture of a student's abilities in the area of writing as s/he progresses through the grade levels.

 For Kindergarten through Sixth grades, all of the resources included in the Unassisted Writing Prompt packets are included in each grade level folder, which are accessible via the links below.

 K    1st      2nd      3rd      4th     5th      6th      

The current Junior High writing assessment is not being released digitally. Past year's assessments are accessible below, to use as practice materials. 

7th     8th


Here is a very  brief tutorial on navigating SchoolCity.

Entering scores for KSEP, Unassisted Writing or Oral Reading?  Here is the way to do that.