Fall 2021 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state-required testing in spring 2021 was postponed. To comply with federal requirements around annual assessment, we will be conducting state-required testing with students in Grades 4-9, 11 and 12 with assessments they regularly would have taken the prior spring. These tests, paired with regular testing that will take place in the spring, will allow the district to meet federal requirements and ensure students are growing in their learning.

State-required assessments

These assessments are required by the state to make schools accountable for student academic performance.

District-level assessments

The district conducts additional diagnostic testing of student learning to provide teachers and school leaders with data showing student growth and where instructional adjustments are needed.

  • Kindergarteners take the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) to assess student readiness for kindergarten in math and reading.
  • First-grade students take the Oral Reading Record (ORR) assessments of our Benchmarks English language arts curriculum in reading in the fall, winter and spring and the i-Ready assessments for math in fall, winter and spring.
  • Students in Grades 2-8 take the i-Ready assessments for reading and math in the fall and winter. Additional testing in the spring is optional, and given after state testing is completed.

Toni Vonderhulls
(509) 967-6025

About i-Ready Assessments

RSD now uses i-Ready assessments to measure student growth and success.

i-Ready is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, is compatible with the district's curricula, and has cost and time requirements similar to previous district assessments. More importantly, the reports i-Ready provides on student performance are more useful and user-friendly data for teachers, parents and students. Additionally, the assessment offers a wider array of resources to help teachers target instruction to help students.