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Timelines/Calendar for 2015-16

This page outlines the state testing windows through spring 2016:

Learning Standards to be Assessed

Testing Requirements for High School Graduation

  • Students are required to pass tests to earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) to be eligible for graduation.
  • If a student attempts a state exam but does not pass it, he/she can use state-approved alternatives to earn a CAA or CIA.
  • Assessment Waiver are granted on a very limited basis.

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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Alternatives

Class of 2016 Graduation Toolkit

Assessment Coordinators

Smarter Balanced Assessments
  Grades Subjects Requirement Testing Window

Fall 2015 (retake)

11 & 12 English Language Arts

Available to students in the classes of 2017 or earlier who have not yet met the ELA assessment graduation requirement

ONLINE: November 2 – 20
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

12

Available to students who tested on the ELA in 2015 and would like to attempt a higher score

12 Mathematics

Available to students who have not yet met the mathematics assessment graduation requirement

Available to students who tested on the mathematics in 2015 and would like to attempt a higher score

Spring 2016

3-8

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Required for federal and state accountability

ONLINE: March 7 – June 10
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 10)
PAPER/PENCIL: March 7 – May 20
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than May 20)

For example, if the last day of school is June 10, the testing window will be March 7 – May 20

10 English Language Arts

Required for graduation for classes of 2017 and 2018

ONLINE: March 7 ‒ June 10
(must be administered within the last 12 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 10)
PAPER/PENCIL: May 6 ‒ May 27
(must be administered within the last 3 weeks of the school year, but no later than May 30)

For example, if the last day of school is May 30, the testing window will be May 6 – May 27

11

English Language Arts* and Mathematics

Required for federal and state accountability and for graduation for class of 2019 and beyond

*A student in grade 11 who earned a level 3 or level 4 ELA score in grade 10 is not required to test.
(Previous score will be carried forward for accountability)

ONLINE: April 18 – June 10
(must be administered within the last 7 weeks of the school year, but no later than June 10)
PAPER/PENCIL: May 6 ‒ May 27
(must be administered within the last 3 weeks of the school year)

For example, if the last day of school is June 10, the testing window will be May 6 – May 27

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Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
  Grades Subject Requirement Testing Window

Spring 2016

 5 & 8

 Science

Required for federal and state accountability

ONLINE: April 18 ‒ June 3
PAPER/PENCIL: April 18 ‒ May 20

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End-of-Course (EOC) Exams

 

Grades Subjects Requirement Testing Window
Winter 2016 (retake) 10-12

Mathematics
(algebra I, integrated math I, geometry, integrated math II)

Required for graduation for classes of 2013 through 2018; available to students who have not yet met the mathematics assessment graduation requirement

ONLINE: not available PAPER/PENCIL: January 4 – February 5

Classes of 2017 and beyond

Science (biology)

Required for graduation for classes of 2017 and beyond; available to students who have completed an appropriate high school course and who have not met standard on the biology assessment

Spring 2016 10-12

Mathematics
(algebra I, integrated math I, geometry, integrated math II)

Required for graduation for classes of 2013 through 2018; available to students who have not yet met the mathematics assessment graduation requirement

ONLINE: not available PAPER/PENCIL: May 9 – June 10

10

Science (biology)

Required for federal and state accountability if not previously passed

9 – 12

Required for graduation for classes of 2017 and beyond; available to students who have not yet met the science assessment graduation requirement

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Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM)

 

Grades Subjects Requirement

Testing Window

Fall 2015 (retake)

12

English Language Arts
and Mathematics

The WA-AIM is required for federal and state accountability for eligible students in grades 3-8 and 11 and can be used to meet a student’s graduation requirement. Students in grade 12 can access as a retake opportunity

Fall retakes are specific to Grade 12 students only to fulfill graduation requirements

ONLINE: September 14 – November 20
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

Spring 2016

3 – 8 and 11

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

ONLINE: October 19 – April 8
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

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Washington Alternate Assessments Off-Grade Level
  Grades Subjects Requirement Testing Window

Fall 2015 (retake)
(Off Grade Level)

11 & 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Off grade testing is a graduation alternative, specific for students pursuing a CIA.

ONLINE: November 2-20
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

11 Science

Off grade testing is graduation alternative, specific to students pursuing a CIA in the Classes of 2017 and beyond

Spring 2016
(Off Grade Level)

10 – 12

English Language Arts and Mathematics

Off grade testing is a graduation alternative, specific for students pursuing a CIA.

ONLINE: March 7 – June 10
PAPER/PENCIL: not available

10 & 11 Science

Off grade testing is graduation alternative, specific to students pursuing a CIA in the Classes of 2017 and beyond

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English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)
  Grades Subjects Requirement

Testing Window

Spring 2016

K-12

Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking

Required, annually, for qualified English language learner (ELL) students and students in the State Transitional Bilingual Education Program

ONLINE: February 2 – March 11

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Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GOLDTM by Teaching Strategies®)
  Grade Subjects Requirement

Testing Window

Fall 2015

K

Six areas of development and learning: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, mathematics, and literacy

Required for students in state-funded, full-day kindergarten; available to any public school that volunteers, pending available funding (see M037-15)

WaKIDS isn’t a “test.” Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities and take an inventory of their skills by October 31

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High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE)
  Grades Subjects Requirement

State-Mandated Testing Dates

Fall 2015 (retake) 12

Reading and Writing

Available to students in the classes of 2016 or earlier who have not yet met the ELA assessment graduation requirement

ONLINE: not available
PAPER/PENCIL: November 3 & 4 (writing) and November 5 (reading)

Spring 2016 (retake)

ONLINE: not available
PAPER/PENCIL: March 15 & 16 (writing) and March 17 (reading)

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