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Timelines & Calendar

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To allow educators to focus on engaging their students and families over the last two months of school; supporting their academic and social-emotional needs as we prepare for a comprehensive opening of our public schools this fall, Smarter Balanced and WCAS testing has been postponed until fall 2021.
2020-21 ELPA21 and WIDA testing will continue this spring as scheduled.

This section outlines the 2020-21 state testing windows:

Smarter Balanced Assessments ELA and Math

2021

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
3-8 ELA and math Required for federal and state accountability.

Online: Fall 2021 Paper/Pencil: Fall 2021**

10 ELA and math Required for federal and state accountability for all students in grade 10.

Online: Fall 2021 Paper/Pencil: Fall 2021**

11 and 12 ELA and math Available to students who have not yet passed the ELA and/or math assessment and want to use as a pathway to demonstrating post-secondary career or college readiness or who previously tested and would like to attempt a higher score.

Online: Fall 2021

Paper/Pencil: Fall 2021**

** Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP or 504 plan states paper.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

2021

Grade(s) Requirement/Availability Testing Window
5 and 8 Required for federal and state accountability.

Online: Fall 2021
Paper/Pencil: Fall 2021**

11 Required for federal and state accountability for all students in grade 11.

Online: Fall 2021
Paper/Pencil: Fall 2021**

** Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP or 504 plan states paper.

Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

Fall 2020 (Retake)

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
11 and 12 ELA and math Fall retakes are specific to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, in grades 11 or 12, to use as a pathway to demonstrating post-secondary career or college readiness.

Online: September 14, 2020 - November 13, 2020

Paper/Pencil: Not available

Spring 2021

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
3-8 and 10 ELA and math The WA-AIM ELA and Math is required for federal and state accountability for eligible students. Online: December 7, 2020 - June 11, 2021
Paper/Pencil: Not available
5, 8, and 11 Science The WA-AIM Science is required for federal and state accountability for eligible students. Online: December 7, 2020 - June 11, 2021
Paper/Pencil: Not available

Off-Grade Level Graduation Alternatives

2021

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
 12 ELA and math Off-grade testing is a pathway for some students with disabilities to demonstrate their readiness for post-secondary career or college. Online: Fall 2021
Paper/Pencil: Fall 2021**

** Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP or 504 plan states paper.

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

Spring Annual 2021

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
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: March 22 - June 4

Paper/Pencil: March 22 - June 4**

** Paper testing is available only to support large print, braille, and standard print forms for students whose IEP or 504 plan states paper.

WIDA Spring Alternate 2021

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
K-12 Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking Required for federal and state accountability for EL students who are eligible and qualify for the State Transitional Bilingual Program.

Paper/Pencil: March 22 - June 4

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

Fall 2020

(Teaching Strategies GOLD®)

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
K Six areas of development and learning: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, math, and literacy Required for students in state-funded, full-day kindergarten. WaKIDS isn't a "test." Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities and take an inventory of their skills by November 13, 2020.