Testing and Evaluation

2014-2015 TJ Testing Calendar 

Dates

Grade 

Testing Activity

 October 15th 10, 11, 12 PSAT (10th/11th) and SAT(12th)
 November 4th-14th 11, 12  WAAS-DAPE – Reading, Writing, Math, Science
 *January 20-22  10, 11, 12  End of Course (EOC) Makeup – Biology , Algebra, and Geometry
February 2-March 12 9-12 ELL Students Only ELL Testing – WA English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA) in Speaking/Listening/Reading/Writing
February 25 11 SAT
 March 18th – 20th 11, 12  WAAS-DAPE – Reading, Writing, Math, Science
 *March 17th – 19th 11, 12  High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) – Writing  and Reading
April 6- May 29 11 Smarter Balanced English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Exams
 May 5th – May  22 10, 11, 12  Advanced Programs Testing (IB and AP – Subject Specific)
May 12-13 10 English Language Arts (ELA) Exit Exam
*June 2-4 9, 10, 11, 12 End of Course Assessments – Algebra, Biology, and Geometry

Pass State Tests or Approved Alternatives to those Tests

 

Public school students in Washington State must fulfill all graduation requirements to earn a certificate of academic achievement (CAA)/high school diploma. One of those requirements is to pass exit exams, or state-approved alternatives, in English language arts (ELA) and math.

High school students are also required to take the biology EOC. Beginning with the Class of 2015, passing the biology EOC, or a state-approved alternative, is required to be eligible for graduation.

Some students may have taken a math or biology EOC before 10th grade if they were enrolled in one of those classes. If they passed an EOC before 10th grade, their scores are “banked” to meet state and federal requirements. They will not be required to take a math or biology EOC in high school.

A small number of students receiving special education services are eligible to earn a certificate of individual achievement (CIA)/high school diploma by meeting standard in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS). Eligibility is determined by a student’s IEP team.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, 11th graders will be tested in subjects included in the Common Core (ELA and math) using the Smarter Balanced system. Meeting standard on the Smarter Balanced tests is not required for graduation until the Class of 2019.

 

Assessment Requirements for Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) / High School Diploma
Subject Classes of 2015 & 2016 Classes of 2017 & 2018 Class of 2019
English Language Arts Reading and Writing HSPEs*
- OR-
10th-grade ELA Exit Exam based on the Common Core**
- OR-
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
10th-grade ELA Exit Exam based on the Common Core
- OR-
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
Math Algebra I/Integrated Math 1 EOC
- OR-
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC
- OR-
Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core
- OR-
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core
- OR-
11th-grade Smarter Balanced Math Test
11th-grade Smarter Balanced Math Test
Science Biology EOC
OR-
Comprehensive NGSS Test**

* Reading and Writing HSPEs will be available to 11th and 12th graders in spring and summer 2015 and to 12th graders in spring and summer 2016.

** Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass the Biology EOC. After NGSS are implemented and assessed, they will be required to pass a Comprehensive NGSS Test. The timeline of implementation/assessment of NGSS is undetermined.

High School Proficiency Exams: HSPEs are comprehensive exams that measure the basic proficiency of high school students in reading and writing, and serve as the state’s exit exams in those subjects.

End-of-Course Exams: EOCs measure the knowledge of students in algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2 and biology when they complete each course. They serve as the state’s exit exams for math and science.

ELA Exit Exams and Math EOC Exit Exams: Based on the Common Core State Standards, the state will administer new English language arts (ELA) exit exams and math EOC exit exams to align with the new standards beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

Smarter Balanced Tests: Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, subjects included in the Common Core will be assessed using the Smarter Balanced system. Meeting standard on an 11th-grade Smarter Balanced test is a state-approved assessment alternative for ELA and math for the classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Starting with the Class of 2019, meeting standard on the Smarter Balanced tests will be required for high school graduation.

 

For more detailed information on state testing please visit http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/default.aspx#3.

 

Thank you!

Paige Stines
Curriculum Support Specialist
Thomas Jefferson High School
(253) 945-5670
pstines@fwps.org