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English Language Arts (ELA) Assessment
Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Research

This WCAP portal is your access point for the Washington assessment system tools and resources.

  • Online Reporting System (ORS) provides interactive online reports for authorized state-level representatives, district superintendents, principals, teachers and administrators.
  • Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) provides tools for managing user accounts, student information and rosters, assessment eligibility, test settings, orders for testing materials, and appeals.
  • Digital Library offers professional learning resources and K-12 instructional materials—including lesson plans, units, and learning modules—for educators to use daily with students and staff. Resources are aligned to Washington State Learning Standards for English language arts and mathematics and focus on the formative assessment attributes.
  • Interim Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) allows educators to score specific interim item responses that require human scoring. Scorers can view students’ responses to each item and enter scores or mark them with condition codes.
  • Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) provides test administrators access to the actual interim assessments and specific items to inform planning and instructional decisions.

Assessment Resources by Grade

+ Grade 3

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

+ Grade 4

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

+ Grade 5

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

+ Grade 6

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

+ Grade 7

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

+ Grade 8

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

+ High School

Development and Design
CAT and PT Item Specifications include support for reading, writing, listening and research items

Claim 1: Reading

Claim 2: Writing

Claim 3: Listening

Claim 4: Research

Scoring

The Smarter Balanced System:

Interim Assessments
Interim assessments are optional online assessments to check student progress and help teachers plan and improve instruction.

Digital Library
Resources to help educators implement formative assessment practices to support teaching and learning. Access the Digital Library.

Summative Assessments
Smarter Balanced Summative assessments are required by state and federal law. These computer-based tests take place during the last 12 weeks of the school year. Results provide schools and families with an indication of how well their children are progressing toward mastering the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness. Access the summative blueprint.

Practice and Training Tests Materials
Practice Tests allow teachers, students, and parents to experience a full grade-level assessment. The Practice Tests mirror the year-end summative assessment.

Training Tests provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with software and navigational tools.

Sample Test Booklets
OSPI has developed sample booklets to familiarize students and educators with the format of the paper-pencil version of the Smarter Balanced tests in grades 3–8 and high school.

Grades 3–5

Grades 6–High School

Presentations from Trainings

 

   Updated 4/15/2016

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