The Federal Way School District is paying for all students to participate in the SAT/PSAT School Day Initiative on October 14, 2015. See the flyer for more information, including important details about testing release times and transportation: SAT Day Flyer
Passing 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. Here are some teacher-created resources for the BIO EOC.
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.
As of the 2014-15 school year, 11th graders are 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 2016||Classes of 2017 & 2018||Class of 2019|
|English Language Arts||Reading and Writing HSPEs*
10th-grade ELA Exit Exam based on the Common Core**
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
|10th-grade ELA Exit Exam based on the Common Core
11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test
|11th-grade Smarter Balanced ELA Test|
|Math||Algebra I/Integrated Math 1 EOC
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC
Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC Exit Exam based on the Common Core
11th-grade Smarter Balanced Math Test
|11th-grade Smarter Balanced Math Test|
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.
Curriculum Support Specialist
Thomas Jefferson High School