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Timelines/Calendar for 2017-18

This page outlines the state testing windows through spring 2018:

Learning Standards to be Assessed

Testing Requirements for High School Graduation

  • Students are required to pass tests to earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) to be eligible for graduation.
  • If a student attempts a state exam but does not pass it, he/she can use state-approved alternatives to earn a CAA or CIA.
  • Assessment Waivers are granted on a very limited basis.

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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Alternatives

Class of 2016 Graduation Toolkit

Assessment Coordinators

Smarter Balanced Assessments
  Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window

Fall 2017 (retake)

11 & 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Available to students in the class of 2019 or earlier who have not yet passed the high school ELA and/or mathematics assessment.

ONLINE: October 23 – November 17
PAPER/PENCIL: October 30 – November 17
(Paper testing is available to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

12

Available to students who previously tested on the ELA and/or mathematics assessment and would like to attempt a higher score.

Spring 2018

3-8

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Required for federal and state accountability

ONLINE: March 5 – June 8
(administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 8)
PAPER/PENCIL: April 16 – May 25
(Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

For example, if the last day of school is June 9, the testing window will be March 19 – May 18

10 English Language Arts

Required for federal and state accountability for all students in grade 10.

ONLINE: March 5 ‒ June 8 (administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 8)
PAPER/PENCIL: May 4 ‒ May 25
(Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

For example, if the last day of school is May 29, the testing window will be May 8 – May 25

10 Mathematics

Required for federal and state accountability for all students in grade 10.

ONLINE: March 5 ‒  June 8
(administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 8)

PAPER/PENCIL: May 4 ‒ May 25
(Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

For example, if the last day of school is May 29, the testing window will be May 8 – May 25

11 & 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Available to students who have not yet passed the ELA and/or mathematics assessment or who previously tested and would like to attempt a higher score.

ONLINE: March 5 –  June 8
(administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 8)

For example, if the last day of school is June 4, the testing window will be March 12 – June 4

PAPER/PENCIL: May 4 ‒ May 25
(Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

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Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science
  Grades Subject Requirement/Availability Testing Window

Spring 2018

 5 & 8

 Science

Required for federal and state accountability

ONLINE: April 16 ‒ June 8
PAPER/PENCIL: April 16 ‒ May 25

(Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

11 Science Required for federal accountability

ONLINE: May 4 – June 8
PAPER/PENCIL: May 4 – May 25

(Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

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End-of-Course (EOC) Exams

 

Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
Winter 2018 12

Mathematics

Can be used for graduation for the classes of 2013 through 2018; available to students in classes of 2016 through 2018 who have not yet met the mathematics assessment graduation requirement.

ONLINE: not available PAPER/PENCIL: January 2 – February 2

Spring 2018 12

Mathematics

Can be used for graduation for classes of 2013 through 2018; available to students in classes of 2016 through 2018 who have not yet met the graduation requirement.

This is the final administration of the Mathematics EOCs.

ONLINE: not available PAPER/PENCIL: May 7 – June 8
(administered within the last three weeks of the school year, when possible, but no later than June 8)

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Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

 

Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability

Testing Window

Fall 2017 (retake)

12

English Language Arts
and Mathematics

Fall retakes are specific to Grade 12 students only to fulfill graduation requirements

ONLINE: September 11 – November 17
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

Spring 2018

3 – 8, 10 and 11

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

The WA-AIM is required for federal and state accountability for eligible students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11 and can be used to meet a student’s graduation requirement.

ONLINE: October 16 – April 6
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

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Off-Grade Level Graduation Alternatives
  Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window

Fall 2017 (retake)
(Off Grade Level)

11 & 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Off grade testing is a graduation alternative, specific for students pursuing a CIA.

ONLINE: October 23 – November 17
PAPER/PENCIL: October 30 – November 17
(Paper testing for the fall administration is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

Spring 2018
(Off Grade Level)

10 – 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Off grade testing is a graduation alternative, specific for students pursuing a CIA.

ONLINE: March 5 – June 8
PAPER/PENCIL: April 16 – May 25
(Paper testing for the spring administration is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)
  Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability

Testing Window

Spring Annual 2018

K-12

Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking

Required for federal and state accountability for EL students who qualify for the State Transitional Bilingual Program.

ONLINE: February 1 – March 30

(Paper testing for the spring administration is available to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP states paper)

Spring Alternate 2018

K-12

Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking

Required for federal and state accountability for EL students who qualify for the State Transitional Bilingual Program.

TBD

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Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GOLDTM by Teaching Strategies®)
  Grade Subjects Requirement/Availability

Testing Window

Fall 2017

K

Six areas of development and learning: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, mathematics, and literacy

Required for students in state-funded, full-day kindergarten; available to any public school that volunteers, pending available funding (see M037-15)

WaKIDS isn’t a “test.” Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities and take an inventory of their skills by October 31

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   Updated 11/9/2017

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