Recent Announcements..

  • State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has decided Washington state will not administer Smarter Balanced Assessments or the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science in spring 2021.

    Standardized testing this spring will not support our students’ mental health and is not the best use of our limited remaining in-person instructional time this school year. In addition, without a rigorous sampling methodology, state assessments this spring would yield inequitable access to supports for remote learners, a substantial number of students and families opting out, and results would not be reliable or actionable.

    ELPA21 testing remains available through June 4 and WA-AIM testing remains available through June 11.

    More information is available on OSPI's Washington State Spring 2021 Assessment Plan webpage.

    Added April 15, 2021
  • Updates have been made to the Secure Browsers and Supported Browsers pages on the portal.  Cambium Assessment Inc. now supports ChromeOS 83-89, and recently released a new Secure Browser and Secure Profile to support macOS v11 (Big Sur).  Users who have the macOS v10.11-10.14 do not need to make any changes and can continue to use the existing Secure Browser from the portal.

    Added April 2, 2021
  • Assessment in Spring 2021 Update

    • OSPI intends to pursue testing flexibility by submitting a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education to do a sampling methodology for the academic assessments.

    • The Smarter Balanced testing window will open later this spring; it will NOT open on Monday, March 1.

    On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a letter outlining the Department’s expectations for states regarding assessment, accountability, and reporting for the 2020–21 school year. The letter noted that ED “remain committed to supporting all states in assessing the learning of all students” and said “we are not inviting blanket waivers of assessments.” However, the letter did note some flexibilities and a willingness to work with states.

    OSPI intends to pursue that flexibility by submitting a waiver request to ED to do a sampling methodology for the academic assessments. We believe we can meet the intent and spirit of the letter, while significantly reducing the impact of standardized testing on the education system this spring.

    Rather than expecting to test all students in all of the typical grades and content areas, OSPI will propose to test a sample of Washington students in some grades and content areas. We will also take advantage of other flexibilities to reduce the impact of testing, such as shortening the spring Smarter Balanced Assessments by approximately 30%.

    Statewide within each tested grade, only a fraction (a representative sample) of students would be expected to test and they would test in only one content area. The specific sampling methodology has not yet been defined. It is likely to be school based, in the same way the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is done (some schools would be selected to test their students, other schools would not).

    For the English language proficiency assessments there is less flexibility.  All students who are English learners who are receiving all or some in-person instruction or who are remote learning but can be safely brought into buildings are expected to take their annual tests for EL proficiency.

    In light of the waiver request and work to define the sampling methodology, the Smarter Balanced testing window will NOT open on Monday, March 1. We will provide more information in March regarding the testing window and which students/schools are in the sample. We anticipate testing will open sometime in April and close, as previously communicated, on June 4.

    Washington’s waiver request will be posted for public comment next week and subsequently submitted to ED. Although we cannot say with certainty whether the request will be approved, we feel sampling is the best approach to get meaningful information this year AND significantly reduce the impact on students and schools from administering statewide assessments.

    Added February 26, 2021
  • Updates have been made to the WCAP Portal Secure Browser page that reflect newly supported operating systems for secure testing. Cambium Assessment Inc. now supports Chrome OS 83-87 and iPadOS 14 -14.4 for Secure Browser.

    Added February 17, 2021
  • Cambium Assessment Inc. is currently working on a Secure Browser which will support the recently released macOS v10.15.4 (Catalina), macOS v11 (Big Sur), as well as the automatic assessment mode that will work with this latest macOS, however it will not be available before the ELPA21 testing window opens in February. Users who have the macOS v10.11-10.14 do not need to make any changes and can continue to use the existing Secure Browser from the portal.

    Added November 19, 2020
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