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Science Assessment Leadership Team (SALT)

The Science Assessment Leadership Team (SALT) consists of science educators throughout Washington and is committed to having a state exam modeling good science education for all. SALT members participate in various events such as Leadership Institutes, Scenario Writing Workshops, Content Reviews, Range Findings and Data Review.  

All those that apply to participate in any of the item development committees listed below will become part of the SALT team.


Scenario & Item Writing

Content Review

Pilot Range Finding

Data Review

Grade 5

Feb 11-14, 2014

April 9-11, 2014

July 24-25, 2014

Sept 24, 2014

Grade 8

Feb 18-21, 2014

April 14-16, 2014

July 14-16, 2014

Sept 23, 2014

Biology EOC

Feb 11-14, 2014 (week 1)
Feb 18-21, 2014 (week 2)

April 9-11, 2014 (week 1)
April 14-16, 2014 (week 2)

July 21-23, 2014 (week 1)
July 28-30, 2014 (week 2)

Sept 22, 2014

Invitations will be sent:

December 2013

December 2013

May 2014

June 2014

The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in October 2013 began a transition process that will take several years for awareness, professional development, and implementation in the classroom, leading to a state-wide assessment of those standards. The date/year for the first assessment of the NGSS is unknown at this time. We will continue to develop items aligned to the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards for the state science assessments until timelines are more clear and NGSS development begins.

PreSALTers Enthusiastically Promoting Powerful Educational Resources (PEPPER)
Members include science educators throughout Washington interested in receiving Science Assessment updates. Members receive invitations to participate in various events such as Scenario Writing Workshops, Content Reviews, Range Findings and Data Review.

Interested in being a member of the PEPPER team? Please send your name and email address to



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