Graduation Alternatives - Locally Determined Assessments (LDA)
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Locally Determined Assessments (LDA)

The use of a Locally Determined Assessment (LDA) is a CIA option for students receiving special education services and can be used to meet the assessment requirement in Mathematics or English Language Arts (comprised of 1 reading LDA + 1 writing LDA), as determined by the student’s IEP team. Meeting standard is scoring at or above the established minimum grade equivalency (G.E.) for the prescribed test or the established passing score.

The student’s IEP team must determine the most appropriate exam for the student. Please see IEP Team Guidance for Selecting the Appropriate Assessment to Earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) for more information.

English Language Arts/Mathematics


Students have the option to apply scores from one of several approved published achievement tests that are administered at the local level during the student's 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year. OSPI has determined the required subtests in each content area and established cut scores for each subtest within a content area. Students must meet the designated Grade Equivalency (G.E.) cut score(s) in order to meet the graduation requirement associated with the content area.

*Students with scores that meet standard with a Math or ELA LDA are still expected to participate in the on-grade level accountability assessment(s), with or without accommodations, to fulfill eligibility requirements before applying this assessment graduation alternative. Taking the on-grade federal accountability tests with the CIA cut score option counts as having participated in these exams.

Current achievement tests approved as LDAs for ELA and Mathematics are:

  • Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test, 3rd or 4th Edition (WJAT-III or IV)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, 2nd or 3rd Edition (WIAT-II or III)
  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, 2nd or 3rd Edition (KTEA-II or III)

Documentation Required for Submitting an LDA

To submit an LDA, documentation is required to verify the scores entered into the digital LDA form in Graduation Alternatives Application. This documentation must be uploaded in the Graduation Alternatives Application.

Documentation MUST clearly display the following information:

  1. Student name
  2. Test name
  3. Date of testing
  4. Exact student test score - in terms of G.E.

Documents required by content area (must include the above information):
English Language Arts & Mathematics:

Eligibility for this Assessment Graduation Alternative

To be eligible for this assessment graduation alternative, the student must:

  • Be receiving Special Education services
  • Fulfill assessment graduation alternatives Eligibility Criteria

How to submit this Assessment Graduation Alternative

This assessment graduation alternative is submitted in the Graduation Alternatives Application.
To submit, the student must:

  • Fulfill assessment graduation alternatives Eligibility Criteria
  • Be enrolled in 12th grade (as indicated in CEDARS)**
  • Meet or exceed the G.E. score for the appropriate test or exam as indicated in the document Grade Equivalency (G.E.) cut score(s)
  • Have their teacher or counselor upload a copy of their official score report/ to their digital LDA form in the Graduation Alternatives Application

**Please Note: Students who have met standard using an LDA prior to gaining eligibility to submit may submit their scores only after they have fulfilled Eligibility Criteria and entered 12th grade. For more information on graduation alternatives application submission processes and policies, please see Graduation Alternatives Users’ Guide.

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   Updated 9/6/2017

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