Washington - Student Assessments: English Language Arts

Area: 
English Language Arts
Policy Type: 
Rule
Year Adopted: 
2015
Summary: 

The assessments that are required are: Smarter Balanced, implementing 2014-15 school year; Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) for Reading and Writing grades 3-8. End of Course Exams for ELA. High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) exam for high school students.

Body: 

In grades 3-8, students take Smarter Balanced tests and MSP for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) status. In high school, students take Smarter Balanced tests and the biology EOC for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s AYP status. All 11th graders will take the Smarter Balanced tests in ELA and math. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. A student’s expected year of graduation is set when he/she enters the 9th grade. A small number of students receiving special education services are eligible to earn a certificate of individual achievement (CIA)/high school diploma by meeting standard in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS). Eligibility is determined by a student’s IEP team.

Adopting Authority: 
State Legislature
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
05/11/2016