Kristen Mashiana, Coordinator of Assessment & ELL
907.624.4234      |     kmashiana@bssd.org           

Upcoming Testing Dates

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 - February 1 - March 1
PEAKS - March 26 -April 11
DLM - March 19 - May 4
Alaska Science - April 2 - 18

We are entering the “active” season for assessment so much is to be done to be adequately prepared both at the district office and at each site.

February 1st is the first day that ACCESS testing will begin at all 15 sites. This involves all students in grades K-12 who are identified EL (previously LEP). These students are those who are impacted by a language other than English in their homes. This testing window will be
open, in-district, until March 1st, giving plenty of time for sites to complete all portions of the test, while still leaving us some weeks to switch gears and prepare for the PEAKS test.

The PEAKS test window will open on March 26th and close, in-district, on April 11th. This will
involve all 3rd-9th graders testing in ELA and Math. Information on PEAKS testing tools and
practice opportunities will also be going out to sites in order for our students to have plenty of time to be familiarized with the format/tools of the PEAKS test this year. There are a couple of changes in this year’s testing. One change that will impact testing in schools in FY18 is the fact that the PEAKS testing will no longer be 3rd-10th grade students, but will instead be 3rd-9th grade students. This does not impact the Alaska Science Assessment however, which will remain in place for 4th, 8th & 10th grade students. Another change is in the Math portion of the PEAKS test for the 9th graders. It will no longer be a general math test for these particular students, but will be a test that is geared towards Algebra I. This is in line with the direction that the state is going with moving the Math towards an “End of Course” assessment.

The Alaska Science Assessment window will open on April 2nd and close, in-district, on
April 18. This will involve students in grades 4, 8 & 10.

Dynamic Learning Maps is the alternate testing experience provided for those students with
significant cognitive disabilities. These students are identified through a specific process and ] are assessed in a one-on-one situation. The testing window for this assessment opens on
March 19th and closes on May 4th.

The Dept of Education has finally posted the Participation Guidelines which identify all of the allowed accommodations for students with IEPs, those who are designated as EL (English Learners), as well as 504 students. Any accommodations indicated to be used during assessments must also have been used during the student’s instruction.

Participation Guidelines for Inclusion of Alaska Students in State Assessments