Frequently Asked Questions
Your child's progress is important to you, but we know that keeping tabs on the state learning goals and assessments can be challenging for a parent. That's why we publish a one-page handout called Your Child's Progress. Choose your child's grade, from Kindergarten to Grade 10, to see the learning goals and state testing requirements for that grade level.
Our state assessment system fulfills the state’s Education Reform Law of 1993 and the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We have three tests: the
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) for grades 3-8, the
High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) and
End-of-Course (EOC) exams. More
information about state testing is available on our State Testing FAQs page.
If you hold or have held an initial certificate, please visit the Renewal page for directions. You can also use Electronic Certification to submit and track an application for renewal.
The Washington State School Report Card provides parents and others in our state with information about K-12 public schools. It includes information about school demographics, student performance and school staff. It also gives the option to compare up to three schools in one view (in the upper right corner, click on the "Tools" dropdown and select "Compare my school").
For the most accurate contact information, we recommend that you visit the school district Web site. We've provided links to all district Web sites in our Maps tool.
All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. The Washington State Legislature requires state testing and the Washington State Board of Education establishes minimum credit requirements, the Culminating Project and the High School and Beyond Plan. OSPI explains the graduation requirements in The Graduation Toolkit. The toolkit is an online resource to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements.
The option to review a student's state test booklet is available to parents and guardians of students who were enrolled full time or part time in Washington public schools during state testing.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 authorizes several federal education programs that are administered by the states. The law is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NCLB significantly raises expectations for states, local school districts, and schools in that all students will meet or exceed state standards in reading and mathematics by 2013-14.
OSPI attempts to make the complex subject of school finance understandable to the general public in the manual Organization and Financing of Washington Public Schools. The manual is written for school board members, legislators, educators, and interested citizens. It is a free download.
You may also be interested in School District Revenues and Expenditures (Washington State), a data spreadsheet maintained by OSPI School Apportionment and Financial Services.
OSPI's Public Records office outlines how to submit a formal records request.