State Assessments

State Testing includes annual assessments in many different areas.  Below is a description of each as well as link to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction page describing all the state testing.

Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) 

Per their website, the SBAC states: "The Smarter Balanced assessment system includes a comprehensive suite of standards-aligned assessments and tools - including instructional supports, interim assessments, and summative assessments - to support effective teaching and maximize learning for each individual student." Visit the SBAC  or the OSPI SBAC webpage for more information.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 take this assessment.  This will become a high school graduation requirement starting with students in the graduating class of 2021.

Washington- Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  

OSPI-Developed Assessments (formerly CBAs)

These assessments are classroom based and used as an assessment within a unit of study in a specific subject area.  Those areas include; Social Studies, Educational Technology, The Arts, and Physical Education and Health.  After the assessments occur within our district the information is reported out to the state.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP is a national assessment that allows educational achievement to be compared across states. Federal law requires every state to give the NAEP in reading and math at grades 4 and 8 every two years.

WIDA-Measurement of Developing English Language

The WIDA screener is used to determine student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services.

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Skills (WaKIDS)

The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child's life. Visit the WaKIDS website or the OSPI WaKIDS webpage for more information. The three components are:

  1. Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child's education.

  2. Whole-child assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics development of the children in their classrooms, so they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.

  3. Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children. 

Link to State Assessment Page