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Timelines & Calendar

Contact Information

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This page lists the testing windows for all state assessments for the 2021-22 school year. Families and school staff should check their district’s calendars or contact their district’s main office for the specific testing schedules/dates for their school buildings.

2021 Testing

The Smarter Balanced assessments and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) are normally given in spring. The spring 2021 tests were postponed until fall of 2021. The fall 2021 tests will be reflective of the grade students were in during the 2020-21 school year.

For Example:

  • A student enrolled in grade 4 in fall 2021 will take the grade 3 Smarter Balanced assessments.
  • A student enrolled in grade 9 in fall 2021 will take the grade 8 Smarter Balanced assessments and WCAS.

Smarter Balanced ELA and math will be administered in grades 4–9 and 11 for the grades 3–8 and 10 tests. The WCAS will be administered in grades 6, 9, and 12 for the grades 5, 8, and 11 tests.

The Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) spring 2021 administration was extended until June 11, 2021 and will reopen in the fall as an extended opportunity for test administration. As with the Smarter Balanced assessments, a student enrolled in grade 4 in fall 2021 will take the grade 3 WA-AIM assessment.

2022 Testing

Spring 2022 assessments will be administered to students according to their enrolled grade level.

For Example:

  • A student enrolled in grade 4 in the 2021-22 school year will take the grade 4 Smarter Balanced assessments in spring of 2022.
  • A student enrolled in grade 8 will take the grade 8 WCAS in spring of 2022.
  • A student enrolled in grade 9 in the 2021-22 school year will not take any assessments in spring of 2022.

Testing Windows

 

Smarter Balanced Assessments ELA & Math

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
4-9 and 11 ELA and math Required for federal and state accountability.

Online: September 27 – November 10, 2021

Paper/Pencil: September 27 – November 10, 2021*
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: September 27 – November 10, 2021

Paper/Pencil: September 27 – November 10, 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

Grade(s) Requirement/Availability Testing Window
6, 9 and 12 Required for federal and state accountability.

Online: September 27 – November 10, 2021
Paper/Pencil: September 27 – November 10, 2021*

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

WA-AIM

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
4-9 and 11 ELA and math Required for students who were not assessed in spring 2021

Online: September 27 – November 23, 2021

Paper/Pencil: Not available
6, 9 and 12 Science Required for students who were not assessed in spring 2021

Online: September 27 – November 23, 2021

Paper/Pencil: Not available

WA-AIM Fall 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 27 – November 23, 2021
Paper/Pencil: Not available

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

(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 and transitional kindergarten. WaKIDS isn't a "test." Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities and take an inventory of their skills by November 12, 2021.

Smarter Balanced Assessments ELA & Math

Grade(s) Subjects Requirement/Availability Testing Window
3-8 and 10 ELA and math Required for federal and state accountability.

Online: March 7 – June 3, 2022

Paper/Pencil: April 11 – May 20, 2022*
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: March 7 – June 3, 2022

Paper/Pencil: April 11 – May 20, 2022*

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

** Smarter Balanced assessments are also available to students in the classes of 2019 or earlier to meet graduation requirements. Students in the classes of 2021 and earlier receiving special education services may also have the option of taking the assessments at an Off-Grade Level if they are pursuing a CIA and their IEP team determines that is appropriate. 

Smarter Balanced is administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 3.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science

Grade(s)

Requirement/Availability

Testing Window

5, 8 and 11

Required for federal and state accountability.

Online: April 11 – June 3, 2022
Paper/Pencil: April 11 – May 20, 2022*

* 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 & Measurement

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: TBD
Paper/Pencil: Not available
5, 8, and 11 Science The WA-AIM Science is required for federal and state accountability for eligible students. Online: TBD
Paper/Pencil: Not available

WIDA Annual

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: January 31 - March 25, 2022

Paper/Pencil: January 31 - March 25, 2022*

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

WIDA Alternate Annual

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: January 31 - March 25, 2022