More Information About State Testing and Graduation Pathways

Washington public high school students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and math in grade 10. Grade 11 students take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). Results from these assessments provide meaningful feedback and data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. In addition, the results provide data to help evaluate school-level and district-wide instructional strategies, initiatives and other programs.

The ELA and math assessments are one of the ways a student can meet a state-required “graduation pathway.”

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature provided students in the class of 2020 and beyond with multiple pathways to graduation by passing House Bill (HB) 1599. For most students, meeting standard on the state assessment will be the first pathway option available in high school. All students, regardless of which graduation pathway they intend to use, are expected to take the statewide ELA and math assessments during 10th grade and to incorporate their results in their High School and Beyond Plan.

For these reasons, we recommend that students initially plan to use the state assessment to meet the graduation pathway option requirement and take advantage of additional pathway options that are aligned with their High School and Beyond Plan as appropriate.

Graduation Pathways: https://ospi.k12.wa.us/student-success/graduation/graduation-pathways


Test Results: 

Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA): The District will post test results into Skyward Family Access in June 2024.  Both the score and a PDF of the actual test report will be available. An email to families with more information will be sent by the end of May.

WCAS (Science): Test results won’t be available until late August or September.

Once a student has completed a graduation pathway it will show on their transcript as:
Graduation Pathway           MET
If you have questions about SBA/WCAS or ASVAB testing please reach out to Mr. Ivy

SBA Test Results

Individual scores for the SBA exams administered this past spring for ELA and math are being delivered electronically from the testing vendor. Scores (level and scale score) will be added to Family Access on June 21. Full-page PDF reports with more scoring details will be available from OSPI in the fall, and these will be posted to Family Access at that time.            
Only SBA ELA and math scores will be available in June. Science scores will not be available until the fall after OSPI releases those scores.           
Directions to access SBA test scores beginning on June 21:    
1.    To access Lake Washington School District’s Skyward portal, click on the Family Access link on the district website.
2.    Log in to Skyward Family Access with your username and password.*
3.    Click on the Test Scores tab.

Super Wednesday, October 23, 2024! PSAT and SAT testing. All 10th graders will take the PSAT, and 11th graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT. More information to come.

If you have questions about SBA/WCAS testing please reach out to Mr. Ivy