Assessments

The following is an overview of the different tests related specifically to courses taken at North Creek.  Some of these tests must be passed in order to graduate, and others provide the school with information about how students are doing.  Others, like the optional AP tests, are conducted offsite by outside organizations and may provide college credits based on the students' scores.

For college applications, the SAT or ACT tests will be required.  For more information on these exams please visit our College Readiness / What Tests to Take webpage.

AP Testing

AP classes are rigorous academic courses designed for students who are college bound. There is no placement test for AP. Students self-select these courses and should be prepared to work at a college-level pace. At the end of the course, the student is expected to take the AP exam which is managed by College Board.

AP exams are highly recognized by colleges and universities with regard to a student's preparation for the demands of college courses. AP exams present an opportunity for college credit and/or higher placement in college courses. Each college decides which AP exam grades it will accept for credit or placement.

Information about exam dates and fees can be found on the College Board website.

AP Testing is held during the week of May 7-11 and May 14-18, with makeup or reschedule tests given the week of May 21-25th.   The full schedule for 2018 can be found on the College Board's AP Exam Tests and Fees website, and for more information about North Creek High School's AP Programs please visit our Advanced Placement Programs website.

Smarter Balanced Testing

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.

Smarter Balanced testing is administered in the fall and in the spring and is a state-mandated set of online tests for ELA and Math (10th graders) and Science (11th graders).  Parents and students should make it a priority not to take time off of school during testing times as it is difficult to schedule makeup exams and will cause students to miss class time.

Fall Testing

Each fall near the end of October we administer Smarter Balanced test for all 11th & 12th graders who have not passed the tests.  More details will be added for the fall of 2018 when they are available.

Spring Testing

English

English Language Arts (ELA)

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT):

These are administered the week of May 16th during 10th grade English classes.  

  • Monday (1st/3rd/5th periods) and Tuesday (2nd/4th/6th periods) are set aside for CAT testing.
  • Wednesday through Friday are makeup tests or time for those who are not finished testing.

Any 11th graders that have not passed this test will take it along with the 10th graders in one of the testing classrooms.

Performance Tasks (PT): 

These are administered the week of May 23rd during 10th grade English classes.

  • Monday (1st/3rd/5th periods) and Tuesday (2nd/4th/6th periods) are set aside for PT testing.
  • Wednesday through Friday are makeup tests or time for those who are not finished testing.

Any 11th graders that have not passed this test will take it along with the 10th graders in one of the testing classrooms.

Math

Math

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT):

These are administered the first part of the week of May 21st during 10th grade math classes.  

  • Monday (1st/3rd/5th periods) and Tuesday (2nd/4th/6th periods) are set aside for CAT testing.
  • Wednesday is the day we will be doing makeup tests or time for those who are not finished their CAT tests.

Any 11th graders that have not passed this test will take it along with the 10th graders in one of the testing classrooms.

Performance Tasks (PT): 

These are administered the second part of the week of May 21st during 10th grade math classes.

  • Thursday and Friday will be block days.  
  • Monday (1st/3rd/5th periods) and Tuesday (2nd/4th/6th periods) are set aside for PT testing.
  • Tuesday May 29th is reserved for makeup tests or time for those who are not finished with their PT tests.

Any 11th graders that have not passed this test will take it along with the 10th graders in one of the testing classrooms.

Science

Science

The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) is an online test that is given to all 11th graders following the English and Math Smarter Balanced tests.  Science testing starts at North Creek on Friday, June 1st.

  • Typically students are done with the test in one day so June 1st will be the primary day for testing during 11th grade science classes.
  • The following Monday and Tuesday will be used for makeup testing and for those that have not finished their Science tests.