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    Assessments, Testing Schedules & Scores Overview

    On this page and the corresponding individual test specific pages you will find helpful dates and detailed information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard as well as additional testing opportunities. Please visit Seattle Public Schools Testing and Assessments page for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirements in Seattle Public Schools.

    Academic Intervention Specialists | 206-252-1107 
    Lisa Coacher, | Mike Broom,

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    The ACT, is an entrance exam used by some colleges to make admissions decisions. It is administered by ACT, Inc to measure a student's readiness for college. How important ACT scores are varies from school to school. Overall, the higher you score on the ACT and/or SAT, the more options for attending and paying for college in the US will be available. Please visit ACT, Inc at for information on dates, locations and fees. Students and families need to register and pay for these exams as they are not offered at SPS or Ballard High School.

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    Students in AP courses might earn college credit and/or advanced placement in college if they perform well on AP Exams given in May and if their college of choice accepts the AP exam for credit. College credit is not guaranteed but rather is determined by each individual college upon the student’s enrollment in that college. AP courses at Ballard High School prepare students for these exams and offer a rigorous subject study available. Visit the AP CollegeBoard website for more information.

    Ballard High School offers AP exams for students who are enrolled in an AP course at Ballard or another Seattle Public Schools high school. AP offerings may vary from year to year depending on student interest and staffing. Prerequisites for AP courses are outlined in the course descriptions in the Ballard HS Course Catalog.  AP students wanted to take an AP Exam must register and pay on the BHS AP Registration site. Estimated cost is $102.00 per exam. Students should see the Ballard High School Academic Intervention Specialist/Testing Coordinator if they need fee assistance.

    AP Exam Detailed Information

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    PSAT Test Scores Were Released on Collegeboard Dec 10, 2019

    The PSAT test scores provide valuable feedback on strengths and the skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their preparation on areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. Visit PSAT CollegeBoard to learn more about the PSAT or the SPS School Day PSAT Info.

    Gives insight on how a performance on an admissions test compares to others applying to college. Visit the Khan Academy to find ways to help students prepare for the SAT using their PSAT results. Students will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.

    The PSAT could help Juniors qualify for scholarships. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for Juniors is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC). Visit the PSAT Detailed Information link for more information about when scores will be released and preparing Juniors for the SAT. 

    PSAT Detailed Information

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    SPS School Day SAT is on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    The SAT is the most widely used college admission test in the country along with the ACT. SAT scores demonstrate students are prepared for college with necessary skills and knowledge.

    All SPS Juniors will be automatically registered for the exam this year on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. No action is required of families in advance. Visit the Seattle Public Schools School Day SAT page for more details.

    The SAT is offered at this time to all Juniors free of charge, no pre-registration required.

    Refer to the PSAT Detailed Information for resources for Juniors on using their PSAT Scores to help them prepare for the SAT.

    SAT Detailed Information


    With the passage of House Bill 1599 last school year, 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.

    All Ballard High School students are still 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. 


    Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) | ELA AND Math

    At Ballard High School we will continue to keep 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.

    • ELA: The Smarter Balanced Assessment in ELA will be given to all 10 graders (11 graders who have not passed) during the week of April 27 - 30, 2020.
    • Math: The Smarter Balanced Assessment in Math will be given to all 10 graders during the week of May 18 - 20, 2020.

    Note: Any Seniors who have not yet passed the exams will have the opportunity to retake the SBA exam in ELA and Math the week of March 24 - 26, 2020. 

    Students who do not pass one or more of these exams, will have the opportunity to retake these exams the spring of their Junior and Senior year along with any of the other graduation pathways such as taking college level courses and college admission testing.

    SBA Detailed Information

    WCAS Exam

    WA Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) 

    All 11th graders are required to take the WCAS this spring on May 21 & 22 as a Federal Accountability Requirement. 

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

    Visit the Smarter Balanced Assessment and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science Information and Windows on the SPS Website. There is also helpful information posted on the Seattle Schools Testing and Assessments page on how assessments are used in Seattle Public Schools.

    WCAS Detailed Information


    Updated 10/17/2019