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.

State Testing: ELA, Math, and Science

Spring State Assessments (SBA ELA and Math, WCAS) Canceled for 2019-20

"State assessments are canceled statewide for the remainder of the 2020 school year. These include: Smarter Balanced Assessments (English Language Arts and Math) for grades 3–8 and 10; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) English Language Arts and Math for grades 3–8 and 10; English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21); Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners; and WaKIDS for Transitional Kindergarten...

Assuming school districts reopen later this spring, graduating seniors may choose to take an assessment to meet graduation pathway requirements or to earn the Seal of Biliteracy."

This information was originally released on March 13, 2020 in OSPI Bulletin 019-20.

Continue monitoring the OSPI website for additional information (particularly for options for graduating seniors who need to meet graduation pathway requirements).

 

 

State Testing Overview


In high school, students take tests in ELA, math, and science for federal accountability. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.

 
Grades Subject Test
10 ELA and Math Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM
11 Science WCAS or WA-AIM

The state legislature passes laws that determine graduation requirements. One of the pathways students can use to demonstrate post-secondary career or college readiness is passing the state assessments, or state-approved alternatives. A student's expected year of graduation is four years after the student enters the 9th grade. (For example, if entering 9th grade in the 2018-19 school year, the student is in the Class of 2022.)

Assessment Pathway for the Class of 2020 or Later

 
Subject Test
ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:

** "Exit exam" scores (for graduation pathways) are separate from what are known as the "college- and career-ready" scores.

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.

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

Sample Smarter Balanced Score Report


Smarter Balanced Score Report (Sample)

If you need a copy of your student's score report, please contact the Dean of Students, Erin Armstrong.

How to Find Test Scores on Family Access


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