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Local students facing new state-mandated tests

GRANDVIEW - As per a law mandated in 1995, students in Washington state will be taking tests to assess academics in social studies beginning in the 2008-09 school year.

"The law is just being implemented," Grandview School District Assessment Coordinator Brian Anderson told the Grandview School Board Monday night.

The new tests, named Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) and Classroom-Based Performance Assessments (CBPAs), serve the purpose of detailing social studies, the arts and health and fitness achievement.

Students in both elementary and secondary school levels will be administered the new tests.

"2008-09 will be the pilot year," stated Anderson, stating the following school year will include the requirement of scored student work.

He noted that the students will not be required to pass the new tests to graduate. "It is unlike the WASL in this way," he said. However, the tests are similar to the WASL in that schools will be required to report results and improve curriculum accordingly.

Included in the Classroom Based Assessments will be civics, history, geography and economics.

Civic testing must be included at the 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 11th and 12th grade levels.

Classroom-Based Performance Assessments in the arts will be administered at the end of the year for fifth and eighth graders. Another Classroom-Based Performance Assessment must be given to students before graduation.

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