State Testing

What are Smarter Balanced Assessments?

What Tests are Graduation Requirements?

From the OSPI website (revised Sept. 27, 2017):

Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests include the following, and may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations*:

* Tools are available to all students and can be used at the student's discretion. Supports are available to English language learners and any student with a need identified by an educator. Accommodations are for students who receive special education services with a documented need noted in an IEP or 504 plan.

Learn more by reading Guidelines on Tools, Supports, & Accommodations.

If a student's IEP documents the need for an accommodation that is not addressed within the guidelines, the student's IEP team may have their school district personnel submit a Non-Standard Accommodation Request form.

High School

In high school, students take tests in ELA, math, and science for federal accountability. 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
10ELASmarter Balanced or WA-AIM
11ScienceWCAS or WA-AIM

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 2017-18 school year, he or she is in the Class of 2021.)

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.

Questions About Assessments?

Contact Assistant Principal - Mark Jergens-Zmuda


Important Dates

Spring 2022 Smarter Balanced Assessments

Who participates? All 10th graders, as well as any 11th and 12th graders who have not met the requirement/s.

  • Dates TBD

Support For English Language Learners and Their Families

View Smarter Balanced information in English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukranian, and Vietnamese on the OSPI website.

What is a Passing Score?

You can learn more about how the State Board of Education established graduation scores here.

Currently students pass Smarter Balanced English Language Arts with a score of 2548 or higher.

Currently students pass Smarter Balanced Math with a score of 2595 or higher.

Smarter Balanced Test Passing Score for English Language Arts and Math

The passing score for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment for Science (WCAS) has not been released yet.

Sample Smarter Balanced Score Report

Sample Smarter Balanced Score Report

If you need a copy of your student's score report, please contact Assistant Principal, Mark Jergens-Zmuda

How to Find Test Scores on Family Access

  1. Log in to Student or Family Access.
  2. On the left menu, select "Test Scores". 

    Test Scores in Family Access

  3. A list of all standardized test scores will be listed.  A summary of the state testing scores for Washington State graduation purposes will be under the selection "GDWa-GraduateofWA".  Click on "Show Scores."

    Show Test Scores in Family Access

  4. If a student has met the requirement, it will say "Yes" under the subject column (see circled areas below).  The example shows a student that has met all four state testing requirements.   Under "Section: Tests", there is a summary of the number of attempts for each type of test and the highest score met so far.

    Smarter Balanced Test Score Summary in Family Access

    Smarter Balanced Test Score Detail in Family Access