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.
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|
|10||ELA||Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM|
|11||Science||WCAS 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.
** "Exit exam" scores (for graduation requirements) are separate from what are known as the "college- and career-ready" scores.