Washington students take state and federal tests regularly to assess their learning growth as well as the progress of the educational system as a whole. State tests include the following:
Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA): English language arts (ELA) and math tests for students in grades 3–8 and 10 for federal and state accountability. The high school ELA and math assessments can be used to meet a student's graduation pathway requirement.
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS): Science test for grades 5, 8, and 11 required for federal and state accountability.
Washington - Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students in grades 3–11 with significant cognitive disabilities documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) for federal and state accountability. The high school ELA and math assessments can be used to meet a student's graduation pathway requirement.
Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS): This program helps bring families, teachers, and early learning providers together to support each kindergarten student's learning and transition into public schools.
WIDA Screener: Used to determine initial eligibility for ELD services for English learners in grades K–12.
WIDA ACCESS Assessments: For all students in grades K–12 who qualify for English language development (ELD) services to determine which students remain eligible to continue receiving ELD services.
WIDA Alternate ACCESS: For students in grades K–12 with significant cognitive challenges who qualify for English language development (ELD) services to determine which students remain eligible to continue receiving ELD services.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): NAEP is a national test that measures what students across the country know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. Federal law requires every state to give the NAEP in reading and math at grades 4 and 8 every two years. The state selects a number of schools to participate each year.
- What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?
- Who takes the test and when?
- What does the SBA look like?
- What is the science assessment students have to take in school?
- How is the SBA information used by schools and teachers?
- Are SBA scores used in determining students’ class grade or will it appear on the report card and transcript?
- Where can I find the SBA score report for my child?
- How can I use the SBA score report to support the academic growth of my child?
- What if my child does not meet Standard (Level 1 or 2)?
- What is the SBA graduation assessment requirement in high school?
- Should my child study to prepare for the test?
- How can I help my child better prepare for the test?
- Smarter Balanced Assessments – Sample Items