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This page includes information to help families understand learning standards and assessments in our state. Some of the resources were created by OSPI, and some are from our partners in education.

Ready Washington is a coalition of state and local education agencies, associations and advocacy organizations that support college- and career-ready learning standards and assessments: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments.

Many of their family resources are downloadable for printing and sharing.

Other resources are available by category:


K-12 Learning Standards

Your Child’s Progress Updated August 2014
A short handout that broadly covers learning expectations and basic information on state testing in grades K-12.
Chinese | Khmer | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Hot Topic: Common Core and Smarter Balanced (PDF)
A two-page handout that provides an introduction to our K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math, and the tests used to assess what students know and are able to do in those two subjects.

National PTA:

Common Core State Standards: What Parents Should Know

Council for Great City Schools (available in Spanish)

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success (video)

3rd-Grade Math Lesson (video)

What does Common Core look like? (video lessons by grade level, available in Spanish)

Assessments

Your Child’s Progress Updated August 2014
A short handout that broadly covers learning expectations and basic information on state testing in grades K-12.
Chinese | Khmer | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Hot Topic: Common Core and Smarter Balanced (PDF)
A two-page handout that provides an introduction to our K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math, and the tests used to assess what students know and are able to do in those two subjects.

Smarter Balanced Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF)

Benefits of Smarter Balanced (PDF)
Spanish

Different Test - Different Results
A two-minute wideo produced by Everett Public Schools that illustrates the expected changes with the implementation of the new summative assessment.

Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests
Login as a "guest" and see what the Smarter Balanced assessments are all about. First click on the "Take the Practice and Training Tests" button. Then click the "Sign In" button. Choose the grade level you're interested in and the click "Yes." Follow the prompts until you click "Begin Test Now."

National PTA:

Achievement-Level Setting (with video)
Teachers, parents, higher education faculty, business leaders, and other community members from our state took part in a highly inclusive, consensus-based, and rigorous process.

Smarter Balanced field test
An interactive infographic that shows who determined the Smarter Balanced threshold scores, and results of the field test, by grade and content area.

State Testing FAQ
Top testing questions. Don’t see your question answered here? Submit your own to StateTesting@k12.wa.us.

Parent/Guardian Access to their Child’s Test Booklets and How to File a Score Appeal (PDF) Updated August 2013
FAQs about who can request to review a test booklet and how to do it.

Special Education and State Testing (PDF) Updated September 2014
Students in Washington are tested every year in English language arts (ELA), math and science. Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams determine how each student in special education participates in state testing. Translations are coming later this month.

Graduation

Graduation in Washington Toolkit Updated December 2014
A resource to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements. The toolkit will be periodically updated with new materials and when changes occur. School districts should ensure all key personnel are aware of the toolkit.

Graduation Requirements Checklist Updated October 2014
A checklist by graduating class. Track your student’s progress as they move through high school.
Class of 2014 | Class of 2015 | Class of 2016 | Class of 2017 | Class of 2018

Overview of Certificate of Academic Achievement Options (PDF) Updated September 2014
Some students may need to use an assessment other than a state exam to demonstrate their skills. For them, the CAA Options -- or state-approved alternatives -- are available.

Options for Students Not Graduating After Four Years of High School (PDF) Updated September 2013
Also available in these languages:
Chinese | Khmer | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Enrollment Options

Learning By Choice Updated July 2014
The Learning by Choice guide answers the commonly asked questions about the Learning by Choice law, options created by the No Child Left Behind Act, and other enrollment options available to students in public, private and home-based instruction.

 

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