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State Testing in Washington: High School State Testing Windows The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires yearly testing of students in grades 3–8 and once in high school in English language arts (ELA) and math, and in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school in science. Washington state also requires students to pass specific tests to be eligible to graduate from high school. If a student does not meet standard on one or more tests required for graduation, he/she may retake the test(s), or access a state-approved alternative. Most high school students will take the Smarter Balanced tests and End-of-Course (EOC) exams to satisfy these requirements. These tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) take alternate assessments in ELA, math, and science, called the Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM). Class of 2018 Tests Required for Graduation CHOOSE 1: • Smarter Balanced ELA test • WA-AIM CHOOSE 1: • Biology EOC exam • WA-AIM 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th ELA      Math      *  t t t t ELPA21 Mar 7– June 10: Smarter Balanced 4 Standard: Demonstrates advanced progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills in a subject. Level Meets Achievement Standard: 3rd English Language Proficiency Feb 1– Mar 11: Level Exceeds Achievement Tests by Grade Level in 2015–16 Science WA-AIM What Does a State Test Score Mean? SCIENCE CHOOSE 1: • Algebra I or Geometry EOC exam • Smarter Balanced math test • WA-AIM Oct 19– Apr 8: OSPI provides score reports for every test your child takes. Contact your local school district to find out when your child’s score reports will be available. Students learning to speak English in grades K–12 will take the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). This assessment measures growth in reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills in English. Students who score at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced levels on the ELPA21 qualify to receive help learning English. MATH STATE TESTING WINDOWS Last 3 wks EOC of school: State testing should never be the sole judge of a student’s academic skills and knowledge. If you have questions about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher or school. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Testing is scheduled within the windows listed below. Contact your local school district to find out which dates your child will be testing. t 9th 10th 11th 12th    **    **  *  **, + t t t t 3 Demonstrates progress toward mastery of the knowledge and skills in a subject. Level Nearly Meets Achievement 2 t Standard: May require further development to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in a subject. Level Does Not Meet Achievement 9th graders take a biology EOC exam only if they are taking that specific course. Students who take a biology EOC exam before 10th grade and meet standard do not need to retake it in 10th grade. Passing a biology EOC exam is required for the Class of 2017 and beyond. 1 Standard: Needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in a subject. ** Necessary only if student has not met state assessment graduation requirement. + Students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their IEP take an alternate science assessment in 11th grade, rather than 10th grade, when the biology EOC exam is typically administered. t Necessary only for students learning to speak English. Students test to qualify to receive support and continue to test, annually, until they reach English language proficiency. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Old Capitol Building P.O. Box 47200 Olympia, WA 98504-7200 www.YourChildsProgress.com August 2015, Publication No. 15-0045