I had no idea yet another test was happening in SPS but apparently it is true. It's a two-day test called the Math Summative Assessment.
The window for testing started May 12th and is to finish May 23rd.
From SPS (partial to first and second grade teachers):
Seattle Public Schools will administer a summative mathematics assessment this spring to all first and second graders. The purpose of this assessment is to measure the annual progress of primary grade students toward (sic) meeting Common Core State Standards.
These new summative assessments were developed by a team of SPS teachers and members of the mathematics department with support from an independent testing consultants. The components of the assessment were field tested in the spring of 2013 and winter of 2014.
Were you notified? Because the parent who told me said her child's teacher mentioned it in a weekly update otherwise she would not have known.
I kind of doubt parents were told because, well, they then might opt
out. This way, the child takes the test, the district gets the data and
hey, it's just one more test, that's all.
But honestly, it's not clear WHO gets this data. Is the testing consultant getting it (and how much did that consultant cost the district)? How will it get presented to the 2nd and 3rd grade teachers (as the letter also states)?
Was your child part of the field testing?
Ask your child or your child's teacher if you have a first or second grader. Ask about why the test is two days. If you weren't notified, ask why not. Whether it works or not, I would send a letter, for each of my children, to have on file that states I want to be notified of any testing, individual or class, that my child is to be a part of for the district/school.