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HSPE for grades 10-12

High School Proficiency Exam

This test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state’s exit exam for reading and writing. Students in the class of 2013 and 2014 must pass reading, writing, and one math end-of-course exam OR complete an approved state alternative in order to graduate. Beginning with the class of 2015, students will be required to pass the reading and writing HSPE, two end-of-course exams in Algebra 1 and Geometry, and an end-of-course exam in biology OR complete an approved state alternative in order to graduate.

End-of-Course (EOC) Exams

The state is moving to end-of-course exams so students can be tested on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained from a specific course rather than on a comprehensive test like the HSPE which assesses overall knowledge. Beginning in spring 2011, students began taking end-of-course math exams in Algebra 1 or Geometry. Beginning in spring 2012, students began taking an end-of-course exam in biology.

June 2013 score reporting

Score reports for students in grades 10-12 who took the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) this spring will be mailed to families in June. Upon graduation, students who met standard in reading, writing and math will receive a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) for some special education students who complete approved state alternatives.

August 2013 testing: Register June 4 through June 30

Reading and Writing

Students who were in grades 10, 11, or 12 during the 2012-13 school year are eligible to take one or both of the content area tests (Reading or Writing) of the August 2013 HSPE. Students who did not meet standard, did not participate in testing, or who have transferred from out of state may participate in August testing. Students who were in grade 9 this year, private school students, and home-based students are not eligible for August testing.

Special education students who take the regular High School HSPE or the HSPE-Basic may participate in August testing. Special education students who take the WAAS-DAPE or WAAS portfolio may not participate in August testing, but will have testing opportunities in November.

Registration for the August HSPE will be June 4-June 30, 2013. Students will need to reference their State Student Identification Number (SSID) to register. This number may be found in the upper right corner of the HSPE score report. Students taking the writing assessment must report for both days of writing assessment.

Testing schedule
Subject Day Date Time
Writing, Session 1(students must attend both days of the Writing assessment to receive a score.) Tuesday August 13 8:30-3:00
Writing, Session 2 (students must attend both days of the Writing assessment to receive a score.) Wednesday August 14 8:30-3:00
Reading Thursday August 15 8:30-3:00

HSPE and EOC score reports

Questions?

For additional information, contact Patty Miller at 425-837-7007

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