State Testing Scale Score Ranges for Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4
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Scale Scores: State Assessments

Smarter Balanced Assessments
The cut (or threshold) scores for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4, within the scale score range, were initially developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, with input from thousands of educators and community members. The Smarter Balanced member states approved these scores. The scores were then adopted by the State Board of Education in January 2015. ESHB 2224 (passed July 2017) moved the high school testing grade from grade 11 to grade 10. Grade 10 cut scores were adopted by the State Board of Education in January 2018. The graduation cut scores for both ELA and Math, adopted by the State Board in August 2015, did not change.

Below are the scale score ranges for all achievement levels on the Smarter Balanced assessments.


Smarter Balanced ELA Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 3 <2367 2367-2431 2432-2489 >2489
4 <2416 2416-2472 2473-2532 >2532
5 <2442 2442-2501 2502-2581 >2581
6 <2457 2457-2530 2531-2617 >2617
7 <2479 2479-2551 2552-2648 >2648
8 <2487 2487-2566 2567-2667 >2667
10* <2491 2491-2576 2577-2677 >2677

*On 8/5/2015 the State Board of Education (SBE) set the minimum scores on the high school assessments needed to meet the assessment graduation requirement.  View these cut scores.

  

Smarter Balanced Math Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 3 <2381 2381-2435 2436-2500 >2500
4 <2411 2411-2484 2485-2548 >2548
5 <2455 2455-2527 2528-2578 >2578
6 <2473 2473-2551 2552-2609 >2609
7 <2484 2484-2566 2567-2634 >2634
8 <2504 2504-2585 2586-2652 >2652
10* <2533 2533-2613 2614-2696 >2696

*On 8/5/2015 the State Board of Education (SBE) set the minimum scores on the high school assessments needed to meet the assessment graduation requirement. View these cut scores.

  

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

The cut (or threshold) scores for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 were developed by Washington educators. These cut scores were adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2018.


WCAS Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 5 375-649 650-699 700-784 785-1060
Grade 8 345-649 650-699 700-764 765-1060
Grade 11 390-649 650-699 700-790 791-1190

 

Historical Scale Score Ranges

Below are the scale score ranges for assessments that were not administered in the 2017–18 school year. They include all levels on the grades 3–8 (Reading, Math, and Writing) Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), Grade 11 Smarter Balanced Assessments, High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) and the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. HSPE and MSP are the same scale score ranges as the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), which was replaced as of 2009-10 school year. The scale score ranges include the lowest and highest attainable score on each test (reading, writing, math, and science).


Reading Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 3 275-374 375-399 400-425 426-500
4  275-374  375-399 400-423  424-475
5  275-374  375-399  400-421  422-475
6 275-374  375-399  400-424  425-475
7  275-374  375-399  400-417 418-475
8 250-374 375-399 400-418 419-500
High School (HSPE) 225-374 375-399 400-426 427-525

  

Math Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 3  200-374  375-399  400-435  436-575
4  200-374  375-399  400-446  447-575
5  200-374  375-399  400-439  440-575
6  200-374  375-399  400-441  442-575
7  200-374  375-399  400-443  444-575
8  200-374  375-399  400-436  437-575

  

Writing Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 4  0-6  7-8  9-10  11-12
7  0-6  7-8  9-10  11-12
High School (HSPE)  0-12  13-16  17-20  21-24

 

MSP Science Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 5 200-374 375-399 400-431 432-550
8 250-374 375-399 400-430 431-550

 

Smarter Balanced ELA Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 11* <2493 2493-2582 2583-2681 >2681

 

Smarter Balanced Math Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Grade 11* <2543 2543-2627 2628-2717 >2717


EOC Math Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Algebra/Integrated 1  200-374  375-399  400-442  443-675
Geometry/Integrated 2  200-374   375-399  400-435   436-600


EOC Math Exit Exams Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Algebra/Integrated 1  200-374  375-399  400-439  440-675
Geometry/Integrated 2  200-374  375-399  400-426  427-600

 

EOC Science Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Biology 275–374 375-399 400-422 423-525

  

   Updated 10/1/2018

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