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Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS)


The WAAS-Portfolio is designed for a small percentage of the total school population for whom traditional assessments, even with accommodations, are not an appropriate measure of progress.

ProFile Login
ProFile is the online management tool that houses all of the forms necessary to complete the WAAS-Portfolio. For technical assistance, please refer to the User Guide.

Teachers' Guide
The Teachers’ Guide details directions for administering the 2013-2014 WAAS-Portfolio.

Science - High School
Reading - High School
Writing - High school
Math - High school

Helpful Resources

  • Parent Guide - accompanies a student’s individual score report, which details how the student performed on the Portfolio Assessment.
  • IEP Team Decision Making Guidelines – guidance to the IEP team regarding a student’s performance in statewide assessments.
  • Common Core Exemplar Texts - are provided as a resource for assessing reading on the WAAS-Portfolio. Students may use text from any grade level for the WAAS-Portfolio.
    Grades K-1 | Grades 2-3 | Grades 4-5 | Grades 6-8

Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) and Cut Scores
PLDs represent the entire range of performance and define the scores received on the WAAS-Portfolio. The PLDs describe the characteristics of each level, from L1 (below standard) to L4 (exceeds standard) for each content area and grade band assessed by the WAAS-Portfolio. The cut scores are the point value necessary to move between proficiency levels for the WAAS-Portfolio.


Common Core Essential Elements
The Common Core Essential Elements (CCEE) are alternate achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

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