State Testing

State Testing in South Kitsap: Grades 3-8

Starting this spring, all students in grades 3–8 will take the Smarter Balanced tests in English language arts (ELA) and math. Practice tests for Smarter Balanced assessments are currently available to everyone. Click here to access. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science.Sample scenarios and items for science assessments can be found here. Our state's OSPI has gathered many Student & Family testing resources together in one place on the web - click here to access a portal for state assessment information.

State testing should never be the sole judge of a student’s academic skills and knowledge. If you have questions about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher or school.

Special education: Students receiving special education services may be eligible for additional alternatives related to the testing requirements, as well as accommodations, modifications and supports identified in their individual education plans.

English language learners: Students learning to speak English in grades K–12 will take the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA). This assessment tests growth in reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills in English. Students who score at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced levels on the WELPA qualify to receive help learning English.

State Testing in South Kitsap: Grades 9-12

Students in Washington are required to pass exit exams in ELA, math and science to be eligible for a diploma. Typically, students take exit exams in 10th grade. However, if students take algebra I, geometry, or biology before 10th grade, they can take End-of- Course (EOC) exams in math and/or science when they are enrolled in those subjects.

Until the 2013-14 school year, the High School Proficiency Exams (HSPEs) were the state’s exams for reading and writing. These 10th-grade tests were used for graduation assessment requirements and federal accountability.

Starting in spring 2015, 10th graders will no longer take the HSPEs; they will take a 10th grade ELA Exit Exam, and all students in 11th grade will take the Smarter Balanced tests in English language arts (ELA) and math. Reading and Writing HSPEs will be available to 11th and 12th graders who have not yet passed one or both of the tests in spring and summer/ 2015, and to 12th graders in spring and summer 2016.

What tests will my student take?

The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires yearly testing of students in grades 3–8 and once in high school in ELA and math, and in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school in science. Washington state also requires students to pass specific tests to be eligible to graduate from high school. Depending on a student’s expected year of graduation, he/she can meet the assessment graduation requirement in different ways. See www.WAtesting.com for details by graduation year.


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How and when will my student test?

Many state tests are offered in both paper/pencil and online formats. State testing timelines and windows vary from test to test, and between paper/pencil and online test administrations. Some formats and schedules are locally approved within the state windows by our school district administrators, and some are state mandated. It can be a lot of information to wade through! Rest assured your child’s school will communicate with you in a timely fashion regarding specific information about upcoming state testing dates, times, and formats. In the meantime, you can generally expect your student to participate in state testing in the spring. Your child’s attendance is essential - please stay on the lookout for communication from your student’s school regarding testing.


Smarter Balanced 2017 Testing Window

All Grades (except 9th) ELA – Math

March 6 – June 9

Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) 2017 Testing Dates

Grades 5th and 8th

April 17 – June 2


End of Course (EOC) 2017 Testing Windows

Winter EOC retakes, grades 11th – 12th

January 3 – February 3

Spring EOC, grades 10th, 11th, and 12th

May 8 – June 9


What parent and student resources are available?

There are many resources available on the subject of state testing. This website can be your starting point for our school district-specific information. Your student’s school will be the best source of information regarding formats and timelines - dates are generally finalized in late winter for spring testing.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) remains the most up-to-date source of state testing information on the web.

Frequently Asked Questions about State Testing

Your Child’s Progress A short handout that broadly covers learning expectations and basic information on state testing in grades K-12.

School Report Card View your child's school's Report Card on the OSPI website. Type in your school's zip code (98366, 98367, or 98359 for Olalla) to find your school. Use the top tool bar to find your school's test scores.
Our state also participates in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing at grades 4 and 8 in Math and Reading. There is no district level data reported, only state level data in relation to national achievement levels. Click here for more information about our state's NAEP scores.