Smarter Balanced Testing GENERAL INFORMATION

The Smarter Balanced assessment system provides educators, students and parents meaningful results with actionable data to help students succeed. The assessment is aligned to Common Core State Standards and consists of three major components, all designed to improve teaching and learning.

The Smarter Balanced Summative assessments are required. They will take place during the last 12 weeks of the school year. These computer-based tests will help schools evaluate how well their students performed by comparing them with students from other schools across the nation. The end-of-year assessments also will empower families by providing them with a clear indication of how well their children are progressing toward mastering the academic knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness.

Smarter Balanced assessments replaced the math, reading and writing portions of the MSP students in grades 3-8. The science portion of the MSP (tested in grades 5 and 8) remained the same. 11th graders will take the high school level of the new Smarter Balanced tests, but meeting standard on the tests is not a graduation requirement until the Class of 2019. Students will not take the new Smarter Balanced tests in grades K-2, 9, or 12. 10th graders will only take the English Language Arts Smarter Balanced test.

Learn more by visiting the Smarter Balanced website.

May is the month for the state SBAC assessment for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Skyview and the MSP Science assessment for 8th grade students at Skyview. During testing, there is an adjusted bell schedule for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.  There is no testing on Early Release Wednesdays.  

In order to accommodate the testing parameters, the technology needs for the test and to support student success, we will have a special bell schedule during testing. In this bell schedule, students will have extended periods, no advisory and longer lunches to best support their performance. We are going to continue to have the Nutrition Break in the afternoon.  We also have our adjusted lunch schedule as we go down to two lunches to avoid students having to stop in the middle of their test to break for lunch. 

Makeup testing is scheduled for early June each year.  Please attempt to avoid all outside appointments for students during testing. Every Wednesday is a regular schedule, with early release.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Doyle at or at 425.408.6825.

Skyview & NSD SBAC Additional Testing Information

2019 Smarter Balanced Assessment

Students will be completing the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) test during the month of May in their English, Math and Science classes. The Science portion of the test is for 8th Grade students only. All grade levels will take the English and Math tests.  If students are absent during a test, they will complete the test in the library once they return. To see the SBAC testing schedule please go to: 

For some additional information about the tests you can follow any of the links below: 

Northshore School District website on testing
More information about the Smarter Balanced tests

More information about the WCAS test

Try out an Smarter Balanced practice test
Try out a WCAS (science) training


Highly Capable Program

The Highly Capable Program is designed for students identified as gifted through cognitive and academic testing and superior academic performance, and whose academic needs are beyond the scope of the general education classroom. Services are designed to provide a challenging, integrated and enriched curriculum to students who are enrolled in the Northshore School District. Our teachers receive the same professional development found at the other Highly Capable/AAP programs in all our middle schools.

For more information, please see the Skyview Highly Capable Program on our website.