Washington students are regularly assessed to determine if they are learning
the important skills they need to be successful while in our schools and after
graduation. Test results help districts and schools refine instructional
practices, give parents information about how well their child is doing, and
identify when additional help may be needed.
Technical assistance resources on this page include research, articles,
tools, templates, technical assistance centers, and Web sites. An
of the two State Performance Plan indicators related to Student Performance is
(Note: Use of the resources included on this site does not guarantee that the district’s performance or determination status under section 616(d), will improve for the next reporting period.)
Statewide Assessment (Indicator 3)
Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Decision-Making Guidelines Regarding
Student Participation in Statewide Assessments (PDF)
- OSPI’s Assessment Web site –
Provides an overview of Washington’s comprehensive assessment system, including
information about each
assessment, resource tools for
teachers, calendars and frequently asked questions relating to
test administration, information
about different ways that
disabilities can participate in Washington state’s assessment programs,
strategies, data and research reports,
and item analyses.
- OSPI’s Report Card Web site –
Provides state, district, and school level assessment results and student
demographics with downloadable data files.
- Assessment & Evaluation:
Now that I have the data, how do I use it? (OSPI 3/08, presented at the
Institutional Education Mini-conference, PPT) – An overview of different types
of assessments and how to use assessment data to inform instruction.
- OSPI’s Response to Intervention Web site
- Resources and information for the effective implementation of a RTI model in
- Instructional Decision-Making Procedures for Ensuring Appropriate Instruction for Struggling Students (University of Texas, 2004)
– Procedures for ensuring appropriate instruction for students who are English
language learners (ELL).
- When is it Appropriate to Refer an English Language Learner for Special Education? powerpoint (OSPI, 1/09) (PPT)
What to consider when referring an ELL student
for Special Education.
- The IRIS Center Web site
– Online interactive resources that translate research about the education of
students with disabilities into practice. Materials cover a wide variety of
evidence-based topics, including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and
- National Center on Educational
Outcomes Web site – Information, presentations, and research for improving
educational results for students with disabilities and English Language Learners
Early Childhood Outcomes (Indicator 7)
- Introduction to Child Outcome
Summary Form (COSF) (OSPI, 1/09) – This Power Point describes the
requirement for reporting COSF data and outlines the basic process of collecting
- Child Outcomes
Summary Form (COSF) Refresher Training (OSPI, Fall 2009) – This Power Point
provides advanced information for special education staff and administrators
responsible for collecting COSF data.
- OSPI Early Childhood Special Education Web site
– This webpage contains over twenty resources for special education staff and
administrators, including updated tools from the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO)
center. These new tools help districts identify data quality assurance
procedures and professional development activities.
- Early Childhood Outcomes
(ECO) Center Web site –This is the national technical assistance center
funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. The website offers a
comprehensive set of resources for state and local administrators, teachers, and
families related to implementation of a high-quality outcomes system for early
childhood special education programs.