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WCAS Educator Resources

Washington State Science k-12 learning

Contact Information

Assessment Development Science

Dawn Cope

Training Tests

(Updated December 2019)

Students who take online assessments need opportunities to explore the features of the online assessment and to practice using the tools available to them. Students, families, and teachers can access Training Tests for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) Portal.

Training Test Lesson Plans

(Updated December 2019)

Training Test lesson plans are available for each grade-level test. These documents include ways to practice using the tools for each item type, an answer key, and standards alignment for each question on the Training Tests.

Quick Start Guide

(Updated December 2019)

Please see the Quick Start Guide for information about accessing the WCAS training tests as a Guest User or through the secure browser.

WCAS Training Tests Webinar

(January 2018)

Test Design & Item Specifications

The Test Design and Item Specifications documents describe how the clusters (stimulus and item sets) and standalone items for the WCAS are developed. They include a technical description of the assessment that ensures the assessment will measure the science standards in a reliable manner every year.

Science Test Design & Item Specifications Webinars

Presentation Slides (Updated February 2020)
Webinar Recordings (Updated March 2020)
Science Test & Item Specifications Webinar Q&A

Test Scores

The scores from the spring 2019 WCAS are available:

  • Statewide test scores publicly released on Report Card.
  • For educators: Scores available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on the WCAP Portal.
  • For families: Paper WCAS Individual Score Reports (ISRs) arrived in districts in early October.

Lessons Learned from Scoring Student Work 

(Updated December 2019)

The Science Assessment Team shares observations about student responses for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) field test items.

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)

The ALDs describe the knowledge, skills, and processes that students demonstrate on state tests at pre-determined levels of achievement for each tested grade level.

2019 WERA Conference

(Updated December 2019)

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 took the operational Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) for the second time in spring 2019. At this session, OSPI staff shared information and gathered session attendee questions and feedback on anything related to the WCAS. This effort will inform OSPI's continued development of resources and supports to inform learning and assessment outcomes for all students.