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    Assessments and Testing

    Assessments are used in Seattle Public Schools to help educators and families measure how students are meeting our academic goals.

    Assessment calendars

    Download our 2017-18 assessment calendars (grades K-8 or 9-12)

    District Assessments

    District assessments are typically given during the school year to help teachers see progress toward College and Career Readiness Standards in subjects such as math and language arts. Teachers can use the information from these assessments to work collaboratively with their colleagues to plan lessons and provide support for individual students. For detailed information, please see our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) page:

    State Assessments

    State assessments are required for federal accountability and also provide a common measure of student progress at the school, district and state levels. Our educators examine the results and use them to help determine which resources and supports are needed to close achievement gaps. For detailed information, please see the pages below:

    Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Resources

    College-readiness assessments

    Seattle Public Schools administers the SAT and PSAT assessments free of charge during a regular school day.


    Summary of Assessments 2017-18

    Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKids)
    Grade level: Kindergarten

    WaKIDS provides a snapshot of the school readiness of students as they enter Kindergarten. (State required)

    Fountas and Pinnell (F&P)
    Grade level: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

    F&P assessment identifies student’s independent and instructional reading levels. (District and State required)

    Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
    Grade level: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd

    MAP is a computer-based adaptive assessment. MAP results provide data to show student growth. This data can also be used by teachers to adapt instruction to student needs.(District required)

    Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)
    Grade level: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th
    (if needed), 12th (if needed)

    Determines students’ progress toward graduation and college, career readiness in English language arts/literacy and math. (State required)

    Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)
    Grade level: 5th, 8th, 11th

    The WCAS measures the proficiency that Washington students have achieved based on the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards. (State required)

    Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
    Grade level: 10th, 11th
    (not mandatory)

    The PSAT helps juniors prepare for the SAT and is used to qualify students for scholarships and advanced learning opportunities.

    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    Grade level: 11th
    (not mandatory)

    The SAT is the most widely used college admission test in the country. The test can be used as a substitute graduation requirement if the student didn’t meet passing scores on other assessments in ELA or math.

    PSAT and SAT are not mandatory tests; not taken by all students.

    End of Course (EOC)
    Grade level: 12th

    The end-of-course (EOC) exit exams assess the Mathematics K–12 Learning Standards. Students in the classes of 2015 through 2018 may take EOC exit exams to meet the high school mathematics assessment graduation requirement. (State required)

    English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA-21)
    Grade level: K-12
    (ELL eligible students only)

    The ELPA21 assessment system measures a student’s language proficiency relative to the English Language Proficiency standards. Any student whose primary and/or home language is other than English is required by the state to test. Student progress is assessed every year to until they reach a level of ‘proficient’. (State required)