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Bulletins/Memos: Assessment & Student Information

Memorandum (memos were discontinued in 2016)
Numbersort ascending Date Title File(s) Office Program
M074-15 12/15/2015 Expansion of Out-of-State Waiver Graduation Alternative The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information about the expansion of the Out-of-State (OOS) Waiver graduation alternative to include waiver opportunities for students receiving special education services who have met another state’s comparable performance level to Washington’s Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) cut score (previously referred to as Basic/L2).
M048-16 09/13/2016 Graduation Alternatives Updates and Newly Developed Application System This memorandum is provided to share information specific to the Graduation Alternatives program and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) recent updates to its newly developed web-based application system.
M047-16 09/13/2016 Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) The following information is intended to orient district and school administrators to decisions made and processes being adopted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) designed to support the 2016-17 administration of the Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM).
M044-15 08/03/2015 WaKIDS Implementation Grants 2015-16 The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information about the WaKIDS implementation grants available to districts with new state-funded full-day kindergartens in 2015-16.
M037-15 07/01/2015 State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten Eligibility This memo serves to notify school districts of the schools that are eligible to receive funding for voluntary, state-funded, full-day kindergarten beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
M032-16 06/01/2016 Graduation Alternatives NEW SAT Scores As shared with District Test Coordinators on May 30 and in February, the College Board initiated a new SAT test form in March 2016.
M031-16 06/01/2016 ELPA21 Screener Communique On May 24, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced that the ELPA21 screener will not be available for the 2016-17 school year as originally planned. As a result OSPI will continue its use of the WELPA Placement Test this fall.
M029-15 05/12/2015 Application for High School Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors Committee Members As we transition to the new Washington State K-12 Mathematics Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards for Mathematics) and the assessments of those standards, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mathematics Assessment Office is convening educator committees to articulate new Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) for the mathematics end-of-course (EOC) exit exams.
M005-15 01/08/2015 Alternate Assessment Results With the 2014-15 transition of assessments aligned to the state’s new K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math, questions about expected performance outcomes have been prevalent in several conversations across the state.
M003-15 01/08/2015 2014-15 Alternate Assessment Graduation Requirement For the 2014-15 school year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) introduced the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) as the alternate assessment instrument aligned to the state’s new K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math.
M001-16 01/13/2016 High School Smarter Balanced Tests for 10th Grade Students The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has recently received confirmation from Smarter Balanced that states may allow 10th grade students access to the Smarter Balanced math and ELA tests.
B114-18 12/13/2018 The Use of Graduation Alternative Options by Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams for High School Students Eligible for Special Education The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has developed a technical assistance document to provide guidance to families, students, school staff, IEP teams, and others regarding the assessment graduation requirement for students with disabilities served under an IEP.
B086-18 09/12/2018 Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210) for 2017-18 School Year The Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) will be the source for the 2017-18 Adjusted 4-year Class of 2018, Adjusted 5-Year Class of 2017, Adjusted 6-Year Class of 2016, and the Adjusted 7-Year Class of 2015 Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210).​
B083-17 10/03/2017 Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210) for 2016-17 School Year The Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) will be the source for the 2016-17 Adjusted 4-year Class of 2017, Adjusted 5-Year Class of 2016, Adjusted 6-Year Class of 2015, and the Adjusted 7-Year Class of 2014 Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210).
B075-17 09/18/2017 Smarter Balanced Assessment Grade 10 Alignment Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking qualified mathematics and English language arts (ELA) high school educators to participate in an in-person advisory workgroup to inform decisions related to changing the administration year of the high school Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and English language arts from grade 11 to grade 10.
B071-15 12/30/2015 Washington State Standardized High School Transcript Changes and Implementation Schedule The Washington State Standardized High School Transcript will have a new format, including new elements and values, starting with the 2015-16 school year.
B070-15 12/21/2015 Student User Privacy in Education Rights Act (SUPER Act) During the 2015 legislative session, the Washington Legislature passed Engrossed Senate Bill 5419 (ESB 5419), the Student User Privacy in Education Rights Act (SUPER Act).
B069-15 12/17/2015 2015-16 Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Physical Education (formerly Fitness), and Educational Technology Grants Form Package 408 The purpose of this bulletin is to detail the annual (2015-16) reporting requirements, process, and timelines of assessments and other strategies in Social Studies, the Arts, and Health and Fitness (RCW 28A.230.095) and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075)
B065-17 08/24/2017 Expedited Waivers for Assessment Graduation Requirements for Classes of 2014 Through 2018 RCW 28A.655.065 as amended by Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224, signed by Governor Inslee on July 7, affects high school assessments and graduation requirements.
B061-15 10/13/2015 2015-16 Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) In Spring 2015, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) administered a new alternate assessment for students with the most significant cognitive challenges.
B059-15 09/25/2015 2015-16 English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Beginning in 2015-16, Washington will transition to the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), a new online language acquisition assessment for English language learners (ELLs).
B058-15 09/25/2015 2014-15 Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210) The Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) will be the source for both the Adjusted 4-year 2014-15 Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210) for the Class of 2015 and the Adjusted 5-year 2014-15 Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210), for the Class of 2014.
B057-15 09/24/2015 2015-16 Assessment Graduation Alternatives The 2015 legislative session left students, families, and schools in limbo deep into summer with respect to knowing the assessment graduation requirements not only for the past school year, but the one before us.
B052-16 09/22/2016 2015-16 Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210) The Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) will be the source for both the Adjusted 4-year 2015-16 Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210) for the Class of 2016 and the Adjusted 5-year 2015-16 Cohort Graduation Rate Report (P210), for the Class of 2015.
B046-16 09/01/2016 Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Development (WaKIDS) Implementation Grants 2016-17 The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information about the WaKIDS implementation grants available to districts with new state funded full-day kindergartens in 2016-17.
B045-18 06/05/2018 Unexcused Absence and Truancy Data Report for 2017-18 School Year Unexcused Absence and Truancy data is used to meet legislative reporting requirements as defined under the Compulsory School Attendance and Admission law (RCW 28A.225.151).
B035-17 05/18/2017 Unexcused Absence and Truancy Data Report for 2016-17 School Year Unexcused Absence data is used to meet state reporting requirements for students in grades 1-8.
B028-16 06/30/2016 Inventory of Time Students Spent Testing for the 2015-16 School Year The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to report information on the amount of time students spent taking state and district mandated tests this past school year.
B025-19 05/07/2019 Expedited Waivers for Assessment Graduation Requirements Extended for Class of 2019 House Bill (HB) 1599 transforms the assessment expectations for graduation and how students can approach fulfilling requirements for earning a diploma.
B022-16 05/26/2016 Unexcused Absences and Truancy Data Report for the 2015-16 School Year The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to report information on unexcused absences from all schools serving Grades 1-8 and grades 9-12. This information is used to meet federal and state reporting and accountability requirements. In addition OSPI is required to collect information on truancy and special programs or schools to reduce truancy for grades 1-12.
B022-15 05/06/2015 Clarification of Reporting Requirements for Reengagement Programs (Open Doors-1418) The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the reporting requirements and directory structure of Open Doors (1418) youth reengagement programs, as authorized by RCW 28A.175.100, and to make you aware of proposed modifications to WAC 392-700 that establish the use of program qualification codes in conjunction with school codes to uniquely identify reengagement students.
B021-15 05/13/2015 Unexcused Absences and Truancy Data Report for the 2014-15 School Year As part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to report information on unexcused absences from all schools serving Grades 1-8 and grades 9-12. In addition OSPI is required to collect information on truancy and special programs or schools to reduce truancy for grades 1-12.
B019-15 05/01/2015 Updating District School Directory Information (Opening, Closing, or Changing a School) In compliance with state and federal rules, district requests to change school directory data, such as opening a new school or changing grade spans, must be submitted to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by July 1.
B018-16 05/02/2016 Updating District School Directory Information (Opening, Closing, or Changing a School) In compliance with state and federal rules, district requests to change school directory data, such as opening a new school or changing grade spans, must be submitted to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by July 1.
B015-18 03/01/2018 Locally Administered Assessments and Locally Determined Courses Legislation in 2017 (ESHB 2224, subsection 10, now RCW 28A.655.061) created an additional alternative for fulfilling assessment graduation requirements: locally administered assessments that are tied to locally determined courses.
B012-16 04/11/2016 WaKIDS Implementation in State-funded Full-day Kindergarten This memorandum serves to notify school districts of the requirement to implement the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) in all schools that receive funding for voluntary, state-funded, full-day kindergarten (SF FDK) beginning in the 2016-17 school year, as detailed in memorandum 079-15M.
B009-15 02/26/2015 2014-15 Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness, and Educational Technology iGrants Form Package 408 The purpose of this bulletin is to: (1) Detail the annual (2014-15) reporting requirements, process, and timelines of assessments and other strategies in Social Studies, The Arts, Health, and Fitness (RCW 28A.230.095), and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075), including a description of the optional information districts are asked to submit to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). (2) Clarify the recommended use of OSPI-developed assessments in the areas of Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness, and Educational Technology. (3) Share recommendations and resources available to help teachers administer and use the OSPI-developed assessments.
B007-19 02/10/2019 2018-19 Instruction and Assessment Reporting Requirements for Social Studies, the Arts, Health, Physical Education, and Educational Technology Since the 2008-09 school year, school districts have reported their implementation of assessments in Social Studies, the Arts, Health, and Physical Education.
B007-15 02/18/2015 2014-15 Required Actions for the LAP Student Growth Collection The purpose of this bulletin is to inform school districts about the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) data collection requirements for the 2014-15 school year.
B006-18 01/26/2018 2017-18 Instruction and Assessment Reporting Requirements for Social Studies, the Arts, Health, Physical Education, and Educational Technology Since the 2008-09 school year, school districts have reported their implementation of assessments in Social Studies, the Arts, Health, and Physical Education. In addition, beginning with the 2011-12 school year, districts that choose to implement Educational Technology assessments must report this information in addition to the annual reporting for the other subject areas. Reporting was previously collected through iGrants Form Package 408.
B004-15 02/06/2015 Use of Locally-Determined Assessments (LDA) for Graduation Purposes As an update to Bulletin 012-10, dated February 24, 2010, regarding the Locally-Determined Assessment (LDA) process, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has expanded the list of achievement test editions allowable for use under the LDA option for reading, writing and mathematics.
B003-15 02/05/2015 2014-15 Required Actions for the K-4 Literacy Collection This bulletin informs school districts about the K-4 Literacy collection requirements as defined in the Strengthening Student Educational Outcomes (SSEO) Act of 2013 (ESSB 5946), and incorporated into RCW 28A.320.203.
B001-17 01/03/2017 2016-17 Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Social Studies, the Arts, Health, Physical Education (formerly Fitness), and Educational Technology iGrants Form Package 408 Since the 2008-09 school year, school districts have reported their implementation of assessments in Social Studies, the Arts, Health, and Physical Education.