State Testing

  • Each year, WA State requires that school district administer assessments covering English-Language Arts, math, science as well as English language proficiency for our students who don’t speak English as a first language.  The results from these assessments are important components of the Washington State Improvement Framework.  This framework is used to evaluate schools and districts based on Federal requirements.  Below is information related to each of the assessments.

    Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA)

    • The SBA is made up of two subject specific assessments (English language arts and math)
    • Administration occurs at grades 3-8 and 10
    • Scores are reported in four different levels with L3 designated as “met standard”
    • Results are available to parents in the fall of the following school year
    • SBA website links for families for more information LINK LINK
    • Web link to a site with a SBA practice test LINK

    Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

    • A comprehensive assessment of science standards across many domains of science
    • Administration occurs at grades 5, 8, and 11 only
    • Scores are reported in four different levels with L3 designated as “met standard”
    • OSPI website with more information LINK

    English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

    • An assessment used to determine proficiency levels in the use of English.
    • Administration occurs at all grade levels for students who qualify for English language services based on the home language survey.
    • OSPI website with more information LINK