WA State Assessment System

  • State Accountability
    WA State requires that all students in grades 3-8 and 10 be assessed yearly in English/Language Arts and mathematics.  Additionally, student in grades 5, 8. And 11 are tested in science.  Students engage in online testing in each subject.  Meeting standard on the ELA and math tests is one of several graduation pathways that students have access to in order to earn a diploma.
    Benchmark
    Three times a year, students in grades 2-10 are assessed to measure growth using the FAST assessment suite covering literacy, math and Social Emotional Learning.  These computer based adaptive assessments are used to determine system wide progress and are also used for placement decisions for intervention services such as the Learning Assistance or Title I Programs.  Students in grade K-1 participate in the EarlyMath and DIBELS assessments covering math and literacy.  These assessments are administered one-on-one with a teacher or support professional.
    Classroom Based
    Teachers utilize a variety of assessments at the classroom level that come from our adopted curriculum. These assessments provide information related to the learning standards being currently worked on and are a real-time indicators of progress.

FAST Assessments

  • DIBELS
    Grades: K-5
    An evidence-based assessment used to screen and monitor student progress in literacy.  Administration consists of a number of sub tests that result in a combined composite score.  All but one of the subtests is give one-on-one with a teacher or para educator.
    FAST Early Math 
    Grades: K-1
    An evidence-based assessment used for universal screening in grades PreK-1.  Each assessment is designed to be highly efficient and inform instruction.  Students are typically assessed on no more than four of the subtests in any period.
    FAST aRead
    Grades: 2-10
    A computer-administered adaptive measure of broad reading that is individualized for each student, but may be individually or group administered in about 15-30 minutes.  Items tap a variety of skills including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary.
    FAST aMath
    Grades: 2-10
    A fully automated computer adaptive measure of broad math skills.  It is individualized for each student, but may be group administered.  Items tap a variety of skills including counting and cardinality, operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, numbers and operations, measurement and data, and geometry.
    Social Academic Emotional Behavioral Screener (SAEBRS)
    Grades 2-12
    A computer administered assessment that asks questions related to a student social emotional status in four different areas.  Scores are combined in the four areas to create a composite score that can indicate the possibility of a student being “at risk.”

Alternative Assessments

  • Alternative Assessment Pathways for Graduation Purposes:  All Students
    There are several assessment alternatives that are available to students to meet graduation requirements.  These are not substitutes for participation in the SBA. Students should check with their school counselor about these options. 

    • Earning College Credit in a Dual Credit Course in Math or ELA
    • Meeting the ELA or math cut scores for the SAT, ACT, AP or IB exams
    • Meeting the established cut score on the ASVAB military entrance exam

    Alternative Assessments for Graduation Purposes:  Students on an IEP
    For students on an IEP there are several other options.  These options make a student eligible for the Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) with their diploma through the class of 2021 only.

    • Students who scored a level 2 on the ELA or math SBA can have the standard lowered for meeting proficiency to that level.
    • Students can be assigned an off-grade level SBA assessment. For instance, if the IEP team determines it is appropriate, a student can take an SBA assessment from a lower grade level.  The student must meet the standard (level 3) for that assessment.
    • Meeting standard on the WA-AIM as described in the table above.
    • Taking a locally determined assessment (LDA) and meeting standard on that test.

Smarter Balanced Assessments

  • English/Language Arts/Math
    Grades: 3-8 and 10
    Helpful Link: Smarter Balanced Assessment Information
    The Smarter Balanced Assessment system covers the full range of college- and career-ready knowledge and skills in the Common Core State Standards.  Each test is given electronically.  Meeting standard on these assessments is a graduation requirement for student with a few exceptions (see Alternative Assessments below)

    WA Comprehensive Assessment of Science
    Grades: 5, 8 and 11
    Helpful Link: Science Assessment InformationThe comprehensive assessment of science is given at fifth, eighth, and eleventh grades.  Students as assessed on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Currently, meeting standard on the WCAS is not a graduation requirement.  However, it will be for the class of 2021 and beyond.
    Smarter Balanced Assessment Blocks
    Grades 3-8, 10
    These are interim assessments given at different points in the year that are formatted like the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and Math, but are focused on specific standards/claims.  They provide feedback to teachers and students on where students are in mastering certain standards and are excellent preparation for the actual accountability assessments.
    WA State Alternative Assessments
    Grades: 3-8 and 10
    Helpful Link: Alternative Assessments InformationFor students who receive special services there is the WA-AIM. This assessment covers ELA, math and science like the Smarter Balanced and WCAS Assessments, but are for students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their IEP. The WA-AIM will measure student knowledge and skills through the use of twice annual administered performance tasks. Students who meet standard on the WA-AIM are eligible for the CIA (Certificate of Individual Achievement) with their diploma.
    English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)
    Grades: All
    Helpful Link: English Language Proficiency Assessment InformationThe English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) determines student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services.  The ELPA annually assesses growth in English language development by the state’s English language learners.  This assessment tests reading, writing, speaking and listening knowledge and skills.

Alternative Assessments

  • Alternative Assessments for Graduation Purposes:  All Students
    There are several assessment alternatives that come available to students in their senior year if they have attempted, but not met standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English language arts and mathematics.  Students should check with their school counselor about these options.  Students who meet standard through these means earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) with their diploma.

    • Earning College Credit in a Dual Credit Course in Math or ELA
    • Taking a Locally Determined Assessment that meets the graduation assessment requirements established by OSPI as part of a Locally Determined Course.
    • Meeting the ELA or math cut scores for the SAT, ACT, AP or IB exams

    Alternative Assessments for Graduation Purposes:  Students on an IEP
    For students on an IEP there are several other options.  These options make a student eligible for the Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) with their diploma.

    • Students who scored a level 2 on the ELA or math SBA can have the standard lowered for meeting proficiency to that level.
    • Students can be assigned an off-grade level SBA assessment. For instance, if the IEP team determines it is appropriate, a student can take an SBA assessment from a lower grade level.  The student must meet the standard (level 3) for that assessment.
    • Meeting standard on the WA-AIM as described in the table above.
    • Taking a locally determined assessment (LDA) and meeting standard on that test.