You can learn more about how the State Board of Education established graduation scores here.
Currently students pass Smarter Balanced English Language Arts with a score of 2548 or higher.
Currently students pass Smarter Balanced Math with a score of 2595 or higher.
The passing score for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment for Science (WCAS) has not been released yet.
If you need a copy of your student's score report, please contact the Dean of Students, Erin Armstrong.
Contact Erin Armstrong, Dean of Students
Spring Smarter Balanced Assessments
Who participates? All 10th graders, as well as any 11th and 12th graders who have not met the requirement/s.
Students will test daily from 8-9:40am. At 9:45am, classes will begin (65-minute periods), though if students need additional time they may continue testing. Students will know their testing location prior to the testing day.
Students may bring their own earbuds/headphones for the English Language Arts assessment.
Students must complete both parts of each test to receive a score.
Students who are not testing will be assigned a classroom for Guided Study from 8-9:30am for independent work time. The end of the quarter is Friday, April 6, so this is a great opportunity to make sure students are caught up!
View Smarter Balanced information in English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukranian, and Vietnamese on the OSPI website.
From the OSPI website (revised Sept. 27, 2017):
Washington students are tested regularly by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. State tests include the following, and may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations*:
* 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.
In high school, students take tests in ELA, math, and science for federal accountability. 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.
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.
** "Exit exam" scores (for graduation requirements) are separate from what are known as the "college- and career-ready" scores.