Upcoming MHS Testing Dates & Late Start Schedule

Upcoming MHS Testing Dates & Late Start Schedule

Dear Monroe High School students and families,

Washington public high school students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and math in grade 10. Grade 11 students take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). 

Results from these assessments provide meaningful feedback and data that we use to help students succeed. In addition, the results provide data to help evaluate school-level and district-wide instructional strategies, interventions, and other programs.

Meeting or exceeding the standard (earning a score of 3 or 4) on the SBA math and ELA assessments is one of the ways a student can meet the “graduation pathway” state requirement for graduation. While students may select the graduation pathway that best aligns with their post-high school goals, we recommend that students initially plan to use the state assessments to meet the graduation pathway option requirement and take advantage of additional pathway options as appropriate. More information on the state-required graduation pathway options can be found here.

All students, regardless of which graduation pathway they intend to use, are expected to take the statewide ELA and math assessments during 10th grade and to incorporate their results into their High School and Beyond Plan to inform course selection. 

Families who wish to opt their student out of state testing must fill out an opt-out form with a parent/guardian signature. If you would like an opt-out form, please contact the MHS main office.

MHS TESTING DATES

April 15-19, 2024: Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) 
All 11th grade students will take the WCAS. This test will be administered during the regular school day. Students will be grouped by last name alphabetically and scheduled by group to take the assessment in the library during this testing window.

April 29 & 30, 2024: SBA English Language Arts
All 10th grade students & any 11th/12th grade students needing to meet graduation pathway requirements for ELA will take the ELA Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). Our testing coordinator/counseling department will communicate with 11th/12th grade students who need to take this assessment.

May 20 & 21, 2024: SBA Math
All 10th grade students & any 11th/12th grade students needing to meet graduation pathway requirements for Math will take the Math SBA. Our testing coordinator/counseling department will communicate with 11th/12th grade students who need to take this assessment.

LATE START FOR STUDENTS NOT TESTING

On SBA testing days (April 29-30 and May 20-21), Monroe High School will be on a modified schedule to allow students who are being assessed the best environment to maximize their focus and effort. Students who are testing must report to school at the regular start time of 7:50 a.m. Buses will run at the normal times. 10th grade students who are not at school during this time will be marked absent.

Those students who are not testing will have a late start at 9:50 a.m. Buses will continue to transport students to school, but will arrive at stops roughly two hours later than normal times. Bus drivers will communicate exact bus stop times with students the week prior to the late start.

*There will be no out-of-district transportation to Sno-Isle or ROTC on SBA testing days (April 29-30 and May 20-21) due to the late start. Please contact Brenda Renteria in the Career Center if you have questions specific to Sno-Isle or ROTC*

2 Hour Late Start Bell Schedule

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Noah Wallace
MHS Assistant Principal
wallacen@monroe.wednet.edu
360-804-4529