Washington - Student Assessments: Science

Area: 
Science
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

The assessments that are required are: Smarter Balanced, implementing 2014-15 school year; Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) for Reading, Writing, Math, Science grades 3-8. End of Course Exams for ELA and Math and Biology or Comprehensive NGSS test. 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. Students take the biology EOC as they complete that course, typically by the end of 10th grade. High school students must also pass tests, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to graduate. 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: 
03/11/2016