Washington has academic standards and tests that measure whether students meet them. The tests are given every spring to students in grades 3-8 and in 10th grade of high school. Students in grades 3-8 take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), and high school students take the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE). About 25 percent of students in grades 6-8 took the MSP reading and math tests online in spring 2010.
The state tests not only help schools assess how well they are teaching our state learning standards, but also helps identify strengths and weaknesses of our students so they can receive extra assistance, if needed.
If your child's state testing scores show that he or she isn't meeting the state's academic standards, you should ask the school to provide extra help, and be sure your student understands what he or she needs to do to improve. You should also take into account your child's entire academic record when looking at their achievement level.
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