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 Overview and resources

 

Statewide testing is important because it helps ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education.

 

Washington students are regularly tested by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. In high school, they must pass specific exit exams, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to earn a certificate of academic achievement/high school diploma. (Assessment is one of the graduation requirements.)

 

OSPI develops or selects and administers all state assessments. We also report achievement data for students, schools, districts, and the state. These data help districts and schools decide which teaching practices and curricula best support student understanding of the Washington State Learning Standards. They also give families valuable information about how well their child is doing and where additional help might be needed.

 

One requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is that states have their assessment programs approved for technical quality by the U.S. Department of Education. Washington's assessment program has received a "Fully Approved" rating through this process.

 

To learn more about state testing, visit www.WAtesting.com or email  .

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Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests include the following:

 

 

Grades 3-8

In grades 3-8, students take tests in ELA, math, and science for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) status.

Tests Required for Federal Accountability
Grades Subject Test
3-8 ELA Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM
Math
5 & 8 Science MSP or WA-AIM

 

High School

In high school, students take tests in ELA, math, and science for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) status.

State tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.

Tests Required for Federal Accountability
Grades Subject Test
11 ELA Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM
Math
Science WA-AIM
10 Science Biology EOC

 

The state legislature passes laws that determine graduation requirements. One of the requirements is that students pass tests, or state-approved alternatives. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. A student's expected year of graduation is four years after he or she enters the 9th grade. (For example, if a student enters 9th grade in the 2015-16 school year, he or she is in the Class of 2019.)

State tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.

Tests Required for Graduation
Class of Subject Test
2015 ELA Choose 1:
  • Reading AND Writing HSPE*
  • ELA Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) Portfolio
Math Choose 1:
  • Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC exam
  • Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC exam
  • Math Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) Portfolio
2016 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
2017 & 2018 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
Science Choose 1:
2019 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
Science Choose 1:

 

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