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This page includes information to help families understand learning standards and assessments in our state. Some of the resources were created by OSPI, and some are from our partners in education.

Ready Washington is a coalition of state and local education agencies, associations and advocacy organizations that support college- and career-ready learning standards and assessments: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments. Ready Washington’s family resources can be downloaded for printing and sharing.

Other resources are available by category:



K-12 Learning Standards

Washington State K-12 Learning Standards
As required by state law (RCW 28A.655.070), OSPI develops the state's learning standards and oversees the assessment of the learning standards for state and federal accountability purposes.

Your Child’s Progress
Short handout that broadly covers learning expectations and basic information on state testing in grades K-12. Available in several languages.

Hot Topic: Common Core and Smarter Balanced
A two-page handout that provides an introduction to our K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math, and the tests used to assess what students know and are able to do in those two subjects.

National PTA - Common Core: State Standards Initiative
Includes a video series, webinar series, and Parents’ Guides to Student Success.

Common Core State Standards: What Parents Should Know
What skills do students need to succeed? Get the facts on how the standards were developed and answers to frequently asked questions.

Council of the Great City Schools – Common Core Works
Download the Top 8 Questions Parents Ask Teachers, Parent Roadmaps in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Also includes videos and public service announcements.

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success
Produced by the Hunt Institute, this video explains the standards’ design and purpose.

3rd-Grade Math Lesson
TeachingChannel.org shows a video example of a 3rd-grade math lesson, “Discover Number Patterns With Skip Counting.”

What Does Common Core Look Like?
Short videos, produced by GreatSchools.org, showcase the milestones for each grade level. Also available in Spanish.


Assessments

Smarter Balanced for English Language Learners and Their Families
A two-page handout explaining the Smarter Balanced Assessment system, graduation and matriculation requirements, and supports and testing times for English Language Learners. Available in 9 languages.

Testing Students in Washington State
Comprehensive overview of the tests required for (1) federal accountability and (2) high school graduation.

Your Child’s Progress
Short handout that broadly covers learning expectations and basic information on state testing in grades K-12. Available in several languages.

Hot Topic: Common Core and Smarter Balanced
A two-page handout that provides an introduction to our K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math, and the tests used to assess what students know and are able to do in those two subjects.

Top 10 Reasons Washington Is Switching to Smarter Balanced
One-page handout developed by OSPI.

Great News for 11th Graders! Learn More About Smarter Balanced Scores and College Class Placement
High school students who take the Smarter Balanced exam in Washington could enter postsecondary institutions and directly enroll in credit bearing courses.

Letter to 11th Graders About College Class Placement
Written by OSPI, districts and schools may opt to send this letter to their 11th grade students. Also available in the following languages:
Arabic | Bosnian | Chinese | Karen | Khmer | Kinyarwanda | Korean | Marshallese | Nepali | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Smarter Balanced Fact Sheet for Parents
Fact sheet, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, on the key features of the Smarter Balanced assessments and resources for more information.

Benefits of Smarter Balanced
What do the assessments mean for students, parents, teachers, and policymakers? Also available in Spanish.

Different Test - Different Results
Everett Public Schools developed this two-minute video to illustrate the expected changes with the implementation of the new summative assessment.

Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests
Login as a Guest and see what the Smarter Balanced assessments are all about. First click on the "Take the Practice and Training Tests" button. Then click the "Sign In" button. Choose the grade level you're interested in and the click "Yes." Follow the prompts until you click "Begin Test Now."

National PTA – State Assessments
National PTA resources include the Parents’ Guide to New Assessments in Washington and Assessment Fact Sheet: Moving Beyond the Bubble.

Achievement-Level Setting
The approved achievement levels help to describe student performance on the new assessments. Teachers, parents, higher education faculty, business leaders, and other community members from our state took part in a highly inclusive, consensus-based, and rigorous process.

Smarter Balanced Field Test
An interactive infographic that shows who determined the Smarter Balanced threshold scores, and results of the field test, by grade and content area.

Frequently Asked Questions About State Testing
Top testing questions. Don’t see your question answered here? Submit your own to StateTesting@k12.wa.us.

Parent/Guardian Access to their Child’s Test Booklets and How to File a Score Appeal
FAQs about who can request to review a test booklet and how to do it.

Special Education and State Testing
Students in Washington are tested every year in English language arts (ELA), math and science. Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams determine how each student in special education participates in state testing.


Graduation

Washington State Graduation Requirements
To earn a high school diploma, a student must earn high school credit, pass state tests or approved alternatives to those tests, complete a Culminating Project (required for classes of 2014 and earlier; not required for classes of 2015 and after per RCW 28A.230.090), and complete a High School and Beyond Plan.

Graduation in Washington Toolkit
A resource to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements. The toolkit is updated when changes occur. School districts should ensure all key personnel are aware of the toolkit. Available in several languages.

Graduation Checklists
A checklist by graduating class. Track your student’s progress as they move through high school.
Class of 2014 | Class of 2015 | Class of 2016 | Class of 2017 | Class of 2018

Overview of Certificate of Academic Achievement Options
Some students may need to use an assessment other than a state exam to demonstrate their skills. For them, the CAA Options—or state-approved alternatives—are available.

Options for Students Not Graduating After Four Years of High School
Students who have not met their high school graduation requirements AND have not earned a regular high school diploma are eligible for a free public education through the school year in which they turn 21 years of age. Also available in the following languages:
Chinese | Khmer | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese


Enrollment Options

Enrollment Options in Washington State: Learning By Choice
Learning by Choice answers the commonly asked questions about the Learning by Choice law, options created by the No Child Left Behind Act, and other enrollment options available to students in public, private and home-based instruction.

 

 

 

 

 

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