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Appealing a High School Testing Score

Important Note: Scores may be appealed on any high school assessment that is required for graduation. Scores may not be appealed on state assessments in grades 3 through 8.

The score appeal process allows students and parents to challenge the technical aspects of a score on any of the following:

  • High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
  • Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) Portfolio
  • Developmentally Appropriate Proficiency Exam (WAAS-DAPE)
  • Collection of Evidence (COE)

These assessments are used to earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement and meet one of the state's graduation requirements.

A score appeal results in OSPI review of particular scoring errors, such as errors on open-ended items, incorrect score calculations, mistakes affecting erasures, and lightly marked bubbles on multiple choice items.

Three-Step Appeals Process

The table below shows the three steps a parent/guardian must follow to appeal a score. You may also download How to Appeal an Assessment Score Required for High School Graduation (PDF).

Step 1

Review your child's state test booklet

Before you decide to appeal a score, take a careful look at your child’s work by reviewing the test booklet or portfolio. This involves acting promptly to request the materials, and examining them within 30 days.

When you have reviewed the test materials and if you wish to file a score appeal, move to Step Two.

Step 2

File the appeal with OSPI

If after reviewing the assessment booklet, portfolio, or collection of evidence you wish to pursue a score appeal, you must file a written Notice of Score Appeal with OSPI. A Notice of Score Appeal form will be provided when you review your child’s test materials.

FILING DEADLINE: For all types of score appeals, the Notice of Score Appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date of you reviewed your child’s test materials.

Step 3

Receive your results

Lead scorers will review the assessment and verify that the student’s score either did or did not meet standards. That decision will normally be made within 60 days of the date you filed the appeal.

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   Updated 9/7/2012

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