Fall State Testing

Posted by RENAE BEATTY on 9/17/2021

This fall students in grades 4–8 will take the Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts. Students in grade 6 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) science test. These tests are a brief check-in on student learning from school year 2020-21.

Students had limited in-person time in the classroom and likely experienced fewer opportunities to learn last school year. Last spring’s Smarter Balanced and WCAS testing were postponed to fall as we prioritized critical in-person instruction time for the benefit of students, families, and district staff.


  • October 4th and 5th: 6th grade students will take the 5th grade science test in their science class

  • October 11th and 12th: ALL students will take the math and ELA test during an extended advisory from 7:15am-9:15am

It is important that students do their best to attend each of these days to avoid any further class interruptions.


From the OPSI Test Administration Manual:

Many students and staff members bring electronic devices with them to class. Cellular, messaging, or wireless devices have the capability of recording, reproducing, or transmitting secure test content. For this reason, students’ cell phones, smart watches, pagers, digital media players, iPods®, tablets, and other non-approved, web-enabled communication devices, including wearable technology, must be turned off and kept out-of-view and reach until the test session is complete.

These devices may not be accessed by any student until all students complete testing, the TA closes the test session, and all secure test materials have been collected, accounted for, and secured. It is critical that school administrators and staff establish and communicate this policy to students, as access to any non-approved electronic device during a state summative assessment will result in the student’s test results being invalidated. Invalidated tests receive a score of zero.

Cedarcrest's Procedures:

To ensure we are meeting the requirements from the state Cedarcrest will do the following:

  • Students can choose to leave their personal electronic devices at home on testing days. This includes cell phone, any type of smart watch, or other non-approves device. These devices can also be stored in the student's LOCKED locker as long as they do not share a locker with another student.
  • If a student brings their personal electronic device to class (cell phone, and type fo smart watch, or other non-approved device) then the teacher will have the student write their name on a sticky note and attach it to the device. The device will placed in a bin and can be retrieved after all students in the room have completed testing for the day.
  • Students who are not able or willing to meet these requirements will be provided with an alternative location during testing and will be tested on an alternative date/time.