District & State Assessments



    Test Description


    Time Given


    Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.   This is a computer adaptive test that measures a student's career or college readiness or progress towards being career or college ready in either ELA or math.   State 2 and 4 year college and universities will use the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment results for college course placement.

    3-8, HS

    May (school determined schedule)

    HS Retakes in November 


    End-of-Course Biology:  This test is given to all 10th grade students / students who are finishing biology.  Students in the class of 2016 and younger must pass this test (or alternative) to graduate.  This test is also used for federal accountability.


    March (state determined schedule)


    End-of-Course Math:  Students in the class of 2017 and 2018 may use End-of-Course Algebra or End-of-Course Geometry to meet graduation requirements.


    January (retakes) June (last 3 weeks of school)

    Off-Grade Level Test

    Students receiving special education services may take an assessment specific to a particular content area (Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science) at a grade level different than currently enrolled.  The student must meet the established cut score for proficiency (level 3) for the grade level accessed.  This test can be used to meet CIA graduation requirements.


    Spring (retakes in November)


    The Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards for students with significant cognitive challenges.  

    3 - 8, 11 

    Throughout year


    All Washington state high school students must show they have key reading and writing skills by graduation. Most students will meet this requirement by passing a state exam. Some students with strong skills, however, may need to use an assessment to demonstrate their skills. For these students, state-approved alternatives are available, called Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) Options.  These options include Collection of Evidence, GPA Comparison, and AP and College Admission Test Scores.


    Throughout year




    Seniors submit COEs in February and Juniors submit in June.

    STAR Reading

    This test is computer adaptive and is used as a district screener in reading to identify students show may need more support or additional challenge in reading.  More information coming soon.

    3 - 9

    Fall, Winter, Spring

    STAR Math 

    This test is computer adaptive and is used as a district screener for math to identify students who may need more support or additional challenge in math.  More information coming soon. 

     5 - 9  Fall, Winter, Spring
  •  DIBELS    Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills: Set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.  DIBELS were developed to measure recognized and empirically validated skills related to reading outcomes.  Each measure has been thoroughly researched and demonstrated to be reliable and valid indicators of early literacy development and predictive of later reading proficiency to aid in the early identification of students who are not progressing as expected. K-2 Fall, Winter, Spring 
     CogAT Cognitive Ability Testing:  The CogAT testing is used for placement into our Highly Capable Programs.  Students that are referred for programs will take this test.  The CogAT is a test of reasoning skills. It is not like a spelling test where if you know the words or the facts you can get 100%.  It is a norm-referenced test with three parts:  Verbal Battery, Quantitative Battery, and Non-Verbal Battery.  To see more about our highly capable programs and the referral and placement process, click here. K-9  Winter