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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Fall Testing Updates and Planning

Our fall testing window for SBA/WCAS will be September 27 through November 10.  This is required of all students in testing grades, unless they have specific accommodations that do not require state testing.

The Smarter Balanced assessments (SBA) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) are typically administered in spring. The spring 2021 SBA/WCAS tests were postponed until fall of 2021. Our fall testing window for SBA/WCAS will be September 27 through November 10.  This is required of all students in testing grades, unless they have specific accommodations that do not require state testing.

The Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) is specific to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, per OSPI definition. The

WA-AIM will reopen in the fall as an extended opportunity for test administration. The testing window for WA-AIM is September 27 through November 23.

Testing Grades

The fall 2021 tests will be reflective of the grade students were in during the 2020-21 school year. For example:

  • A student enrolled in grade 4 in fall 2021 will take the grade 3 SBA.

  • A student enrolled in grade 9 in fall 2021 will take the grade 8 SBA and WCAS.

  • Similar to SBA/WCAS, a student enrolled in grade 4 in fall 2021 will take the grade 3 WA-AIM assessment. 

SBA and WA-AIM ELA and math will be administered in grades 4–9 and 11 for the grades 3–8 and 10 tests. The WCAS and WA-AIM Science will be administered in grades 6, 9, and 12 for the grades 5, 8, and 11 tests. 

 Students in the Class of 2022, who did not have an opportunity to take the SBA ELA and math in spring 2020, may choose to take the test during the 2021-22 school year to meet their graduation pathway.

Spring 2022 assessments will be administered to students according to their enrolled grade level for the 2021-2022 school year.

 Shortened Tests

  • For fall administration only, both the SBA and WCAS tests have been shortened and can each be administered in a single session. SBA has no Performance Task or open ended/short answer items, the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) has also been shortened. SBA ELA is estimated to take about 75 minutes, and the SBA math approximately 60 minutes. 

  • WCAS is shorter too, but contains a few open-ended response items. WCAS will be approximately 45 minutes.

  • WA-AIM remains the same in test design and requirements. 

Remote Students

OSPI does not allow for administering state assessments remotely. The district will provide a letter template for schools to invite students to come in and assess. Families may opt-out of testing. A State Assessment Refusal form will need to be completed for documentation. 

 Training

School coordinators are required to attend an Annual State Assessment Training. We are waiting for OSPI to publish the new training resources before setting the date.  

School coordinators will be responsible for providing test administration and test security training to their building staff involved in testing and/or has access to test materials. OSPI will provide the training template that may be used for your training. 

The 2021-22 assessment calendars are available i\on Highline’s Data & Assessment page.