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Timelines/Calendar for 2016-17

This page outlines the state testing windows through spring 2017:

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 Waiver 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 2016 (retake)

11 & 12 English Language Arts

Available to students in the classes of 2017 or earlier who have not yet met the ELA assessment graduation requirement

ONLINE: October 31 – November 18
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

12

Available to students who tested on ELA assessment in 2016 and would like to attempt a higher score

11 & 12 Mathematics

Available to students who have not yet met the mathematics assessment graduation requirement

12

Available to students who tested on mathematics assessment in 2016 and would like to attempt a higher score

Spring 2017

3-8

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Required for federal and state accountability

ONLINE: March 6 – June 9
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 9)
PAPER/PENCIL: March 6 – May 19
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than May 19)

For example, if the last day of school is June 9, the testing window will be March 20 – May 19

10 English Language Arts

Required for graduation for classes of 2017 and beyond

ONLINE: March 6 ‒ June 9
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 9)
PAPER/PENCIL: May 5 ‒ May 26
(must be administered within the last 3 weeks of the school year, but no later than May 26)

For example, if the last day of school is May 30, the testing window will be May 9 – May 26

If your district's school year extends into June, the grade 10 paper/pencil testing must still conclude by May 26

10 Mathematics

Required for graduation for classes of 2019 and beyond

Available to students in 10th grade who are completing or have already completed an Algebra II or Integrated Math III course

ONLINE: March 6 ‒ June 9
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 9)

PAPER/PENCIL: May 5 ‒ May 26
(must be administered within the last 3 weeks of the school year, but no later than May 26)

For example, if the last day of school is May 30, the testing window will be May 9 – May 26

If your district's school year extends into June, the grade 10 paper/pencil testing must still conclude by May 26

11 & 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Required for federal and state accountability for all students in grade 11. Also required for graduation for the classes of 2017 and beyond for ELA, and for the classes of 2019 and beyond for Math.

A student in grade 11 who earned a level 3 or level 4 ELA or Math score in grade 10 is not required to test.
(Previous score will be carried forward for accountability)

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

ONLINE: March 6 – June 9
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 9)

For example, if the last day of school is June 6, the testing window will be March 13 – June 5

PAPER/PENCIL: May 5 ‒ May 26
(must be administered within the last 3 weeks of the school year)

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Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
  Grades Subject Requirement/Availability Testing Window

Spring 2017

 5 & 8

 Science

Required for federal and state accountability

ONLINE: April 17 ‒ June 2
PAPER/PENCIL: April 17 ‒ May 19

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End-of-Course (EOC) Exams

 

Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
Winter 2017 11-12

Mathematics
(algebra I, integrated math I, geometry, integrated math II)

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 3 – February 3

Classes of 2017 and beyond

Science (biology)

Required for graduation for the classes of 2017 and beyond; available to students who have completed an appropriate high school course and/or who have not met standard on the biology assessment

Spring 2017 11-12

Mathematics
(algebra I, integrated math I, geometry, integrated math II)

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 mathematics assessment graduation requirement

ONLINE: not available PAPER/PENCIL: May 8 – June 9

10

Science (biology)

Required for federal and state accountability if not previously passed

Classes of 2017 and beyond

Required for graduation for classes of 2017 and beyond; available to students who have completed the appropriate course and/or have not yet met the science assessment graduation requirement.

Appropriate course completion is not required for 10th graders to attempt the test.

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Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

 

Grades Subjects Requirement/Availability

Testing Window

Fall 2016 (retake)

12

English Language Arts
and Mathematics

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

Tentative:

ONLINE:
September 12 – November 18
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

Spring 2017

3 – 8 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 and 11 and can be used to meet a student’s graduation requirement.

ONLINE: October 17 – April 7
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

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

Fall 2016 (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 31 – November 18
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

11 & 12 Science

Off grade testing is a graduation alternative, specific to students pursuing a CIA in the Classes of 2017 and beyond

Spring 2017
(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 6 – June 9
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

11 & 12 Science

Off grade testing is graduation alternative, specific to students pursuing a CIA in the Classes of 2017 and beyond

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

Testing Window

Spring 2016

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

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

Testing Window

Fall 2016

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 7/18/2016

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