High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
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High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs)

High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) are comprehensive exams that measure the basic proficiency of high school students in reading and writing, and serve as the state’s exit exams in those subjects.

Students are required to pass End-of-Course (EOC) exams in algebra 1/integrated math 1 and/or geometry/integrated math 2. And beginning with the class of 2015, they are also required to pass a biology EOC.

Please see www.WAtesting.com for specific testing requirements by graduating class.

If an exam is not passed, the student may meet the requirement through a CAA alternative option.

They must also earn the required credits, and complete a high school and beyond plan and culminating project. For a list of state MINIMUM credit requirements, please visit the Washington State Board of Education.

Please note that many districts require additional credits to graduate. Please refer to your local district requirements to determine how many credits are required to receive a diploma from your high school.

2014 State High School Testing* and Reporting Timeline

  • Jan 2–Feb 7: Math and biology EOC retake testing window
  • Mar 18–20: Writing and reading HSPEs
  • End of School Year: EOC Math & biology exams (last three weeks of school, between May 5 and June 20)
  • Jun 3–Jun 26: August HSPE registration window
  • Jun 5: HSPE score reports sent to districts for grades 10–12
  • Jun 20: Release of statewide HSPE results
  • Aug 12–14: Summer HSPE testing
  • Sept: Student score reports sent home

* Testing is one subject per day.

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