Science Assessment involves two tests: the Measurements of Student Progress for grades 5 & 8, and the Biology End of Course Exam. These tests fulfill the federal (NCLB/ESSA) requirement that students be tested in science once each in elementary, middle, and high school.
Assessing learning standards adopted in 2013:
Washington's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in October 2013 necessitates the development of new assessments. The transition and implementation of the standards and assessments are described in the NGSS Description and Timeline.
Assessing Science in Grades 5 & 8:
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
The Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) measures the level of proficiency that Washington students have achieved based on the
Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards, which were adopted in June 2009.
The science MSP is administered in a single day. It includes multiple choice,
short answer and completion items.
Assessing Science in High School:
Biology End of Course Exam (EOC)
The Biology End of Course Exam measures the level of
proficiency that Washington students have achieved based on the Systems, Inquiry, Application, and Life Science sections of the
Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards which were adopted in June 2009.
The Biology EOC is administered to all students enrolled in a Biology course
as well as all students in 10th grade who have not yet met standard on the exam.
Students in the class of 2017 must pass this exam as a graduation requirement. A
retake exam will be available at the mid-point of the school year in January or
The Biology EOC can be administered in a single day or over the course of
three class periods. It includes multiple choice, short answer and completion