Assessments Overview

State Assessments

State Required Assessments

The Washington State education agency, OSPI, announced the following date windows for the School Year 21-22 summative testing window which was postponed from this spring. 

During this Fall Assessment, students will take the tests for their 20-21 school year grade. 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. Visit the district SBA page to learn more about the assessments. In addition visit the district Smarter Balanced FAQ and Resources page to help answer any questions you may have as well.


State Assessments | Grades 11 – 12

  • The final SBA extra time session will be on Monday, Nov. 8th 1st – 4th periods in Portable 105. 

IMPORTANT: All students MUST have and bring a charged SPS laptop (see important SPS Laptop Requirements).

Spring Assessments Windows
Grades 10, 11, 12

  • Grade 10: SBA ELA and Math (March – May)
  • Grade 11:  WCAS Science (early June)
  • Grade 12: SBA ELA and/or Math if needed for graduation (March – April)

Exact testing day and times to be posted soon.


Important SPS Laptop Requirements

  • Students must bring a SPS laptop in order to take the assessments
  • Students cannot test on a personal laptop
  • Students without a SPS laptop yet must go to Room N110 on (M,W,F) before or after school or at lunch to pick up a SPS laptop
  • SPS laptops will not be available for students on the assessment’s day
  • Student must bring their SPS laptops charged AND bring their chargers
  • Students will need to bring headphones that work with the SPS laptops for the SBA ELA test.  A very limited quantity may be available
  • Students that come without a SPS laptop will not be able to take the assessments

For Reference

Refer to SPS Testing and Assessments for current updates. Refer to the full statement from Chris Reykdal, State Superintendent at OSPI for historical details.

Visit the district SBA page to learn more about the assessments. In addition visit the district Smarter Balanced FAQ and Resources page to help answer any questions you may have as well.

For additional district information and the Smarter Balanced “What Parents and Students Should Know site.

The ELPA Assessment system measure s 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’. Visit the SPS English Language Proficiency page for more information.

WA Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) | Refer to the OSPI website. Visit the SPS SBA Assessments Information page for additional district information and the Smarter Balanced “What Parents and Students Should Know site.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Coacher, ljcoacher@seattleschools.org or 206-252-1107.