Assessment Information

Washington State Testing

The state translates the math and science exams into six languages (Spanish, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somali) for English language learners (ELL). This covers about 80 percent of the ELL population in our state. Students can listen to the test questions on a CD, but must answer in English.

State Testing Results:

Please see the “Report Card” section at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/) to view our student achievement scores in detail.

State Testing links:

Grades 3-8

Subject Grades Tested 2013-14 2014-15 and beyond
Reading 3-8 MSP Smarter Balanced English Language Arts (ELA) Test
Writing 4 & 7 MSP
Math 3-8 MSP Smarter Balanced Math Test
Science 5 & 8 MSP MSP*

Measurements of Student Progress: Through the 2013-14 school year, the MSP is the state’s exam for students in grades 3-8. Testing is one subject per day, with the writing test occurring on two days. Students are tested in reading (grades 3-8), math (grades 3-8), writing (grades 4 & 7) and science (grades 5 & 8).

Smarter Balanced Tests: Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, subjects included in the Common Core State Standards (English language arts and math) will be assessed using the Smarter Balanced system.

Common Core Information
<Please visit the District Webpage containing more information and additional resources on the CCSS>

* Science is not included in the Common Core. Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are adopted, implemented and assessed, students will continue to be assessed using the MSP for grades 5 and 8 after the 2013-14 school year. The timeline of adoption/implementation/assessment of NGSS is undetermined.

NOTE: If students take algebra I or geometry before high school, they will also take the End-of-Course (EOC) exam that goes with that course at that time. If they pass the EOC, they will “bank” their score to meet high school graduation requirements and will not be required to take a math EOC in high school.

High School

http://www.gfalls.wednet.edu/?page_id=1582

High school students are also required to take a biology EOC. Beginning with the Class of 2015, passing the biology EOC, or a state-approved alternative, is required to be eligible for graduation.

Some students may have taken a math or biology EOC before 10th grade if they were enrolled in one of those classes. If they passed an EOC before 10th grade, their scores are “banked” to meet state and federal requirements. They will not be required to take a math or biology EOC in high school.

A small number of students receiving special education services are eligible to earn a certificate of individual achievement (CIA)/high school diploma by meeting standard in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS). Eligibility is determined by a student’s IEP team.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, 11th graders will be tested in subjects included in the Common Core (ELA and math) using the Smarter Balanced system. Meeting standard on the Smarter Balanced tests is not required for graduation until the Class of 2019.

Assessment Requirements for Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) / High School Diploma
Subject Classes of 2013 & 2014 Classes of 2015 & 2016 Classes of 2017 & 2018 Class of 2019
English Language Arts Reading and
Writing HSPEs*
Reading and Writing HSPEs*
– OR-
10th grade ELA Exit Exam based on the Common Core**
– OR-
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test**
10th grade ELA Exit Exam based on the Common Core
– OR-
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
Math Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC*
– OR
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC*
Algebra I/Integrated Math 1 EOC*
– OR-
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC*
– OR-
Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core**
– OR-
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core**
– OR-
11th-grade Smarter Balanced Math Test**
11th-grade Smarter Balanced Math Test
Science Biology EOC
– OR
Comprehensive NGSS Test***

* The HSPE will not be administered after summer 2014, math EOCs will not be administered after winter 2015.

** This test is not available until spring 2015.

*** Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are adopted, implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass the Biology EOC. After NGSS are adopted, implemented and assessed, they will be required to pass a Comprehensive NGSS Test. The timeline of adoption/implementation/assessment of NGSS is undetermined.

High School Proficiency Exams: HSPEs are comprehensive exams that measure the basic proficiency of high school students in reading and writing, and serve as the state’s exit exams in those subjects.

End-of-Course Exams: EOCs measure the knowledge of students in algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2 and biology when they complete each course. They serve as the state’s exit exams for math and science.

ELA Exit Exams and Math EOC Exit Exams: Based on the Common Core State Standards, the state will administer new English language arts (ELA) exit exams and math EOC exit exams to align with the new standards beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

Smarter Balanced Tests: Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, subjects included in the Common Core will be assessed using the Smarter Balanced system. Meeting standard on an 11th-grade Smarter Balanced test is a state-approved assessment alternative for ELA and math for the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Starting with the Class of 2019, meeting standard on the Smarter Balanced tests will be required for high school graduation.

Common Core Information
<Please visit the District Webpage containing more information and additional resources on the CCSS>

 

College Testing

SAT/ACT/PSAT

Have you confirmed your SAT or ACT testing date yet? Check out College Board for dates.  Juniors and seniors, please visit the counseling office for PSAT/SAT/ACT registration materials.

SAT*
The Scholastic Aptitude Test
Containing nearly 500 challenging vocabulary words, the flashcard tool in Peterson’s Practice Tests for the SAT and Practice Tests for the ACT products provide users with an easy-to-use tool to improve their vocabulary. Sharpening your vocabulary skills and improving your word knowledge are two important strategies for improving your scores on the SAT and the ACT.

ACT
The ACT Assessment®
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PSAT*
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test
Not only is the PSAT the very best way to practice for the SAT exam it’s also your chance to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship! With full-length practice tests and comprehensive online books to prepare you, you’ll maximize your chances of earning a top score.