Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that students be tested annually in grades 3-8 and in one grade in high school. The Washington State Education Reform Law of 1993 created state standards and the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) to measure progress toward meeting those standards. Later the state legislature passed additional legislation requiring students to pass state assessments in reading and writing to be eligible for a high school diploma.
In the 2009-10 school year, two new tests replaced the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) that was given as the state assessment from spring 1997 to summer 2009.
The new tests are shorter but just as rigorous as the WASL and some may be available online over the next few years.
About one percent of students participate in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS), a challenging program for students in special education.
General assessment information
Student success can be defined many ways, and Issaquah students exemplify success in academics, athletics, the arts, community service, leadership, and citizenship. One measure of student and school success is strategic testing of what students know and can do with that knowledge. Student test scores are compared to their earlier scores or to the scores of a similar group. Teachers and administrators use in-depth analysis of the results to bolster school instruction and plan staff training. Those plans are folded into each school’s annual Continuous Improvement Plan.
District testing schedules are available at the link above. Be especially careful when scheduling activities, events, or trips during the test windows for state required tests and AP/IB tests in May. Check with your school for exact testing dates within these test windows.
Annual school report cards
The Issaquah School District provides annual report cards for each school, including valuable information about school programs. Find your school from the "Schools" page, and click on "Report Card."
The OSPI Education Profile (state report card) available through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, is a tool for researching and evaluating education data, such as test scores and demographic information. At this website, you may search for and analyze information based on criteria you select.
Questions? If you have questions about your child's scores or other related assessment issues, please contact the Office of Assessment's Director Debra Hawkins (837-7076), Assessment Specialist Shelley Frey (837-7105), or Assessment Secretary Patty Miller (837-7007).