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Testing Requirements

The information below comes from the OSPI Website and was current as of 8/21/17. 

In high school, students take tests in ELA, math, and science for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) status.

State tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.

 

Tests Required for Federal Accountability
Grades Subject Test
11 ELA Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM
Math
Science WA-AIM
10 Science Biology EOC

 

The state legislature passes laws that determine graduation requirements. One of the requirements is that students pass tests, or state-approved alternatives. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. A student's expected year of graduation is four years after he or she enters the 9th grade. (For example, if a student enters 9th grade in the 2015-16 school year, he or she is in the Class of 2019.)

State tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students take the WA-AIM only if it's documented in their IEP.

 

Tests Required for Graduation
Class of Subject Test
2016 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
2017 & 2018 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
Science Choose 1:
2019 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
Science Choose 1:

 

* Reading and Writing HSPEs were available to 12th graders who had not yet met their graduation requirements in fall 2015 and spring 2016.

** "Exit exam" scores (for graduation requirements) are separate from what are known as the "college- and career-ready" scores.

ATTENTION CLASSES OF 2016 THROUGH 2019: If a student meets or exceeds the college- and career-ready threshold score on the Smarter Balanced ELA test as a 10th grader, he or she will not have to take that test in 11th grade.