Washington students are tested for federal accountability purposes on the following tests:
- Smarter Balanced Assessment: English language arts (ELA) and math tests
- Measurements of Student Progress (MSP): Science test for grades 5 and 8
- High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE): Reading and writing tests
- End-of-Course (EOC): Math and biology tests taken as students finish algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2, and biology
In grades 3-8, students take Smarter Balanced tests and MSP 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 Math 5 & 8 Science MSP
In high school, students take Smarter Balanced tests and the biology EOC for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s AYP status. All 11th graders will take the Smarter Balanced tests in ELA and math. Students take the biology EOC as they complete that course, typically by the end of 10th grade.
Tests Required for Federal Accountability Grades Subject Test 11 ELA Smarter Balanced Math 10 Biology EOC
High school students must also pass tests, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to graduate. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. A student’s expected year of graduation is set when he/she enters the 9th grade. A small number of students receiving special education services are eligible to earn a certificate of individual achievement (CIA)/high school diploma by meeting standard in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS). Eligibility is determined by a student’s IEP team. For more information about graduation requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, please contact your building principal or Assistant Superintendent Mike Olson at 360-855-3503. Thank you.