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Assessments Overview

State Assessments

State Required Assessments Overview

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.


The 2022 Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) achievement levels are now available in The Source

Assessments Windows 22-23

State Assessments windows are listed below. More specific dates and times will be posted as they become available.

Smarter Balanced ELA/Math (Grade 10 required, Grades 11 & 12 optional if needed for grad pathway)

  • March 6 to June 9, 2023

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (Grade 11 required)

  • April 14 to June 2, 2023

Important: All students MUST have and bring a charged SPS laptop and bring headphones for the ELA portion (refer to Important SPS Laptop Requirements).

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

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

About the Assessments

Typically at Ballard High School we will continue to keep updated from the Seattle Public Schools on administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and Math to 10 grade students as a Federal Accountability measure and as a pathway to meet the ELA and Math proficiency requirement. Most students will continue to meet these proficiency requirements by passing the state assessments in ELA and Math.

The ELPA Assessment system measures 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 until they reach a level of ‘proficient’.

With the passage of House Bill 1599, students in Washington now have multiple pathways to demonstrate their readiness for their next steps after high school. All students are still required to demonstrate proficiency in the content areas of English Language Arts and Math in order to earn a high school diploma, but the state has provided additional alternate ways for students to show their proficiency.

We will continue to be updated from Seattle Public Schools on all Ballard HS students that are required to pass the state tests in English Language Arts and Math or meet the approved alternatives to these state tests in order to earn a diploma. More information about House Bill 1599 and the multiple pathways to graduation including a FAQ can be found on the Office of superintendent of Public Instruction website. 

Refer to SPS Testing and Assessments for current updates and on how assessments are used in Seattle Public Schools.