Washington students take state and federal tests regularly to assess their progress as well as the progress of the educational system as a whole.
State tests include the following:
- Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA): English language arts (ELA) and math tests
- Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS): Science test for grades 5, 8 and 11
- Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Parents and guardians can request an appeal to rescore a high school test being used as a graduation pathway.
Test Coordinators and Administrators oversee and manage their school district's assessment activities. Information is available for test administration for Smarter Balanced, WCAS, WA-AIM, and ELPA21.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a survey of student achievement in core subject areas. NAEP measures what students across the country know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science.
Timelines and calendars for state assessments.
House Bill 1599 (2019) removed Smarter Balanced Assessments as a graduation requirement for the Class of 2020. The Class of 2019 can apply for a test waiver.
- English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)
- OSPI-Developed Assessments (formerly CBAs)
OSPI has suspended, for the 2019-20 school year, the verification reports required for the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies RCW 28A.230.095 and for Educational Technology RCW 28A.655.075.