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Testing Requirements

The information below comes from the OSPI Website and was current as of 1/01/19. 

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.


Tools are available to all students and can be used at the student's discretion. Supports are available to English language learners and any student with a need identified by an educator. Accommodations are for students who receive special education services with a documented need noted in an IEP or 504 plan.


Learn more by reading Guidelines on Tools, Supports, & Accommodations.


If a student's IEP documents the need for an accommodation that is not addressed within the guidelines, the student's IEP team may have their school district personnel submit a Non-Standard Accommodation Request form.


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


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 2017-18 school year, he or she is in the Class of 2021.)

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
2018 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
2019 & 2020 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
2021 ELA Choose 1:
Math Choose 1:
Science Choose 1: