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State Assessment

OSPI guides districts to meet federal requirements for annual state assessments. The intent of state testing is to determine a student’s skills and knowledge based our state learning standards in reading, writing, math and science. Our district uses multiple points of data to support student learning. Paired with data from our classroom assessments, the resulting state assessment score data provides an additional layer of information as to how we may help our students move forward with their educational goals.

The spring state assessment test window is March 25, 2024, through the end of the school year. Schools nest their unique testing schedule within these dates with most schools testing in April-May. Here's the WSD State Assessment Calendar, but please contact your school to learn their specific testing dates.

Statewide testing helps ensure all public-school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education. Each spring, Washington students are tested by the state to assess their progress. Washington state uses the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts (reading and writing) and Mathematics. Springtime Smarter Balanced is given in grades 3-8 and 10. The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science is given in grades 5, 8 and 11. 

Starting Smarter offers parents and students the opportunity to learn how to use state test score reports to better understand your child's strengths and areas in need of improvement. Students may review sample questions seen on our state tests. OSPI's Understanding Smarter Balanced Assessment Scores with Audio offers helpful information to support students. Please visit our information webpages to support understanding of assessment results and learning standards

This page was updated on October 30, 2023. Please contact Karen Allen with comments.

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