Recent Announcements..

  • Cambium Assessment, Inc. (formerly AIR), our testing vendor, is currently in the process of evaluating what it is like to use the WCAP Portal. They are interested in your feedback on what is working and what could be done better on the portal. Your input will help Cambium to make improvements to the Portal.

    You can provide your feedback by participating in an online survey that can be accessed at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5612885/State-Assessment-Portal-Feedback-Survey

    The survey should take about 7-10 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous.

    Please complete the survey by Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.

    If you have any questions about the survey, please call the Cambium Assessment Help Desk at 877-206-7039.

    We appreciate your input! 

    Added June 5, 2020
  • To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee announced on March 13 that all public and private K–12 school facilities will be closed and prohibited from providing traditional in-person instructional activities through April 24. On April 6, he extended his directive and closed schools through the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. Because school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the year, Smarter Balanced summative assessments will not be available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

    Students in the Class of 2020 who have not yet met the graduation pathway requirement may be eligible for the Expedited Assessment Appeal, which may be used to waive the pathway requirement.

    Added April 14, 2020
  • To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington, Governor Inslee announced on March 13 that all public and private K–12 school facilities in the state will be closed and prohibited from providing traditional in-person instructional activities through April 24.

    As schools, families, and communities plan for closures, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together.

    This bulletin is part of a series of guidance since the Governor’s announcement of statewide school closures. Previous guidance is located on OSPI’s COVID-19 webpage. Please note, if a topic is included in multiple rounds of guidance, the most current guidance will supersede prior guidance.

    Per OSPI Bulletin NO. 019-20 published Friday, March 13, 2020:

    As of March 13, state assessments are canceled statewide for the remainder of the 2020 school year. These include: Smarter Balanced Assessments (English Language Arts and Math) for grades 3–8 and 10; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) English Language Arts and Math for grades 3–8 and 10; English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21); Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners; and WaKIDS for Transitional Kindergarten.

    In the subsequent OSPI Bulletin NO. 022-20 published Friday, March 20, 2020, additional guidance included:

    Per previous OSPI guidance in Bulletin NO. 019-20, the SBA will not be administered statewide for grades 3–8 or 10, but high schools may consider giving the SBA to seniors (and/or juniors) within current social distancing and safety guidelines if the SBA is determined to be a viable graduation pathway for those students.

    Assuming school facilities reopen in early May, OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the SBA will be open through Friday, June 5*.

    Following the statewide school closure, this year’s limited testing window will allow districts to provide:

    • An option for seniors (Class of 2020) to (re-)take the English language arts (ELA) and/or math SBA to meet a graduation pathway.
    • An option for seniors (classes of 2017–19) to (re)take the ELA and/or math SBA in order to earn a CAA or CIA, or access established graduation alternatives.
    •  An option for seniors wanting to take the ELA summative assessment for their Seal of Biliteracy.

    School staff can access preliminary SBA scores within 7–10 days after administering the SBA to determine if seniors have met the graduation score.

    *As of March 23, OSPI has removed all summative tests from the Test Administration system; summative tests cannot be administered to students while school facilities remain closed. Assuming school facilities reopen in early May, OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the SBA will be open through Friday, June 5.

    Added March 26, 2020

    Added April 3, 2020
  • To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington, Governor Inslee announced on March 13 that all public and private K–12 school facilities in the state will be closed and prohibited from providing traditional in-person instructional activities through April 24.

    As schools, families, and communities plan for closures, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together.

    This bulletin is part of a series of guidance since the Governor’s announcement of statewide school closures. Previous guidance is located on OSPI’s COVID-19 webpage. Please note, if a topic is included in multiple rounds of guidance, the most current guidance will supersede prior guidance.

    Per OSPI Bulletin NO. 019-20 published Friday, March 13, 2020:

    As of March 13, state assessments are canceled statewide for the remainder of the 2020 school year. These include: Smarter Balanced Assessments (English Language Arts and Math) for grades 3–8 and 10; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) English Language Arts and Math for grades 3–8 and 10; English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21); Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners; and WaKIDS for Transitional Kindergarten.

    In the subsequent OSPI Bulletin NO. 022-20 published Friday, March 20, 2020, additional guidance included:

    Per previous OSPI guidance in Bulletin NO. 019-20, the SBA will not be administered statewide for grades 3–8 or 10, but high schools may consider giving the SBA to seniors (and/or juniors) within current social distancing and safety guidelines if the SBA is determined to be a viable graduation pathway for those students.

    As of March 20, OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be open Monday, April 27 through Friday, June 5*.

    Following the statewide school closure, this year’s limited testing window will allow districts to provide:

    • An option for seniors (Class of 2020) to (re-)take the English language arts (ELA) and/or math SBA to meet a graduation pathway.
    • An option for seniors (classes of 2017–19) to (re)take the ELA and/or math SBA in order to earn a CAA or CIA, or access established graduation alternatives.
    •  An option for seniors wanting to take the ELA summative assessment for their Seal of Biliteracy.

    School staff can access preliminary SBA scores within 7–10 days after administering the SBA to determine if seniors have met the graduation score.

    *As of March 23, OSPI has removed all summative tests from the Test Administration system; summative tests cannot be administered to students while schools remain closed. OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be open Monday, April 27 through Friday, June 5.

    Added March 26, 2020
  • March 12, 2020 — Test Delivery System Available on April 10 and May 1
    OSPI and Cambium Assessment Inc. (CAI) have worked together to eliminate the need for the Friday April 10 and Friday May 1 Test Delivery System (TDS) downtimes for deployment of the science tests. Districts may use these two days for administering the Training and Practice tests, the Interim assessments, or the Summative assessments, if desired.

    Added March 12, 2020
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