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Assessments

Science Assessment involves two tests: the Measurements of Student Progress for grades 5 & 8, and the Biology End of Course Exam. These tests fulfill the federal (NCLB) requirement that students be tested in science once each in elementary, middle, and high school.

Assessing learning standards adopted in 2013:
Washington's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in October 2013 necessitates the development of new assessments. The transition and implementation of the standards and assessments are described in the NGSS Description and Timeline. NEW Sept 2014

Assessing Science in Grades 5 & 8:
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

The Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) measures the level of progress that Washington students have achieved based on the Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards, which were adopted in June 2009.

The science MSP takes place in a single day. It includes multiple choice, short answer and completion items.

Assessing Science in High School:
Biology End of Course Exam (Bio EOC)

The Biology End of Course Exam (Bio EOC) measures the level of progress that Washington students have achieved based on the Systems, Inquiry, Application, and Life Science sections of the Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards which were adopted in June 2009.

The Bio EOC is administered to all students in 10th grade and all students enrolled in a Biology course. Students in the class of 2015 must pass this exam as a graduation requirement. A retake exam will be available at the mid-point of the school year in January or February.

The Bio EOC takes place in a single day. It includes multiple choice, short answer and completion items.

Highlights

October 2013 Webinar and PowerPoint

Science Short-Answer Item Templates

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