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News and Events

SMARTER BALANCED TESTING MARCH-MAY
 Washington State's new Common Core college-readiness standards have resulted in a new state test which is being given for the first time to FHS students this Spring.  This test is the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which will be given to students in more than 20 states starting this year.  The test is given in two subjects - English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  Each test has a Computer-Adaptive test component, as well as a Performance Task, which is comprised of document-based questions and an essay for ELA and a long-form, multi-problem scenario for Math.  

GRADE 10 - Students will be taking the ELA test only in the Language Arts classes on selected dates from March 10 - April 3.  This test replaces the HSPE exam in meeting state testing graduation requirements for Reading and Writing.  The score required for graduation will be set by the state this summer.

GRADE 11 -  Students will be taking the ELA test in Language Arts classes in April and the Math test in their History classes in May.  Testing will run from April 6 - May 29.  Students passing these exams will be able to earn credit-bearing coursework in college and university system and five other states (including Oregon and California) without any remedial coursework or any additional placement exams.

ELA TESTING WEEK OF APRIL 20 - 24:
Grade 11 students of Mr. Miranda and Ms. Geffner will be doing the ELA Computer-Adaptive test, while students of Ms. Richman and Mr. Ehrich will be working on the ELA Performance Task. Our English Language Learner students will be taking both the Computer-Adaptive test and Performance Task sections of the ELA test this week.

PRACTICE TEST:  We encourage all students and families of our 10th and 11th grade students to try out the Smarter Balanced practice test available online here to help them prepare for testing.

RESOURCES:  More information on the Common Core standards and the new tests can be found in this link from the state government, this other link from the Ready WA Coalition and another link from Seattle Public Schools.  

If you have any questions on state testing, please contact Jim Jeffreys, FHS Assessment Coordinator, at (206) 252-6218 or via e-mail.


FRANKLIN DE-GENDERS GRADUATION
Student leaders successfully lobbied the FHS Instructional Council to de-gender our graduation ceremony. Read about it in the Seattle Times or watch it on KIRO 7.

SENIOR CAP & GOWN ORDER INFORMATION
Go to National Achiever's website, and place your order in the coming weeks. The deadline has passed and National Achiever's will charge a late fee for processing orders at this point.

The only items you are required to have are the cap, gown, stole, and tassle - all of which can be purchased for $42. Just skip the packages and build your own if you're looking for a bargain!


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