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The Evergreen Public Schools Assessment Department is under the jurisdiction of the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.  The Assessment Department coordinates with the Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Technology Departments for administration of state- and district-mandated testing.  The Assessment Department also manages the reporting of data generated from the district and state testing. 



Washington’s state assessments fulfill the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed on December 10, 2015 that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  These assessments are used for school, district, and student accountability.  Washington’s assessment system was implemented in response to the state’s Education Reform Law of 1993 which requires the assessment system to:

  • Test all public school students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency.
  • Be administered annually in selected grades.
  • Measure performance, based on the state’s learning standards.
  • Report on the performance of individual students, schools, and districts.
  • Serve as one basis of accountability for students, schools and districts.

State test results are also used to make improvements in teaching and learning.  Parents, students and educators use the results to:

  • Follow student progress.
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in curriculum and instruction.
  • Fine tune curriculum alignment with the statewide standards.
  • Identify students who may need additional help.

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) sets a standard for accountability, measuring states, schools, and districts by the results of state-level tests in two core content areas – reading and math.  AYP uses assessment data to measure the academic performance of students, including subgroups.  The goal is for all students to reach 100% proficiency.  To learn more, go to:


The Washington Achievement Index (WAI) is designed as a unified state and federal system intended to meaningfully differentiate among schools. It is a snapshot of a school's performance based on statewide assessments, comparing how a school performs in reading, writing, math, science, and graduation rates. For details, go to


State and District Annual Assessments


The Washington - Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WA-KIDS) testing is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience for students in Kindergarten.


The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) fulfills Washington’s Second Grade Reading Assessment law which mandates that every student in the state of Washington be assessed at the beginning of the second grade using a grade-level equivalent oral reading passage. 


The Elementary Interim Reading Assessment (EIRA) and the Common Math Assessment (CMA) are given the Evergreen School District to monitor student growth in these key academic areas over time.


During the 2016-2016 school year, several elementary, middle, and high schools will be piloting online reading and math assessments called STAR and iReady to determine their compatibility with Evergreen’s data needs and personalized learning focus.

The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math, the high school End Of Course (EOC) exams in math and science, and the elementary and middle school Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) exam provide schools and families with an indication of how well their students are progressing toward mastering the academic skills and knowledge needed for graduation and for college and career readiness.  These assessments fall under the state umbrella of "WCAP" - the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program


The Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards for students with significant cognitive challenges.  The assessment is administered twice annually.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a continuing and nationally representative digitally-based assessment of our nation’s students.  NAEP provides a common measure of student achievement across the country.  Schools within a district are selected to be representative of schools across states and the nation on the basis of characteristics such as school location, minority enrollment, level of school achievement, and average income of the geographic area. 


Testing Requirements for High School Graduation

To earn a high school diploma in Washington, students must demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science on standardized tests.  The goal is for all students to have College and Career Ready skills upon leaving high school to be better prepared to meet 21st-century demands in their working and personal lives.  Students who pass the Smarter Balanced assessments at a Level 3 or 4 of proficiency will be considered College and Career Ready.  Public universities, colleges, community colleges, and some technical colleges in Washington will recognize this proficiency score and not require incoming students to take college placement exams but allow them to enroll directly into undergraduate level courses.


The following state testing requirements for high school graduation are currently in place:

Graduation Year

English Language Arts Test

Mathematics Test

Science Test


Smarter Balanced ELA

End of Course Algebra


End of Course Geometry


Smarter Balanced Math

End of Course Biology


Smarter Balanced ELA

End of Course Algebra


End of Course Geometry


Smarter Balanced Math

End of Course Biology


Smarter Balanced ELA

Smarter Balanced Math

End of Course Biology


New Science Exam (based upon Next Generation Science standards)


Smarter Balanced ELA

Smarter Balanced Math

New Science Exam (based upon Next Generation Science standards)


State-Approved Alternatives to Testing

Most high school students will fulfill the assessment portion of the graduation requirements by passing state exams. If students don’t pass on their first attempt, there are retake opportunities (refer to above timeline).  In certain rare cases, a waiver may be granted depending upon the student’s circumstances and previous education experience, such as passing state exams in another state or other special, unavoidable circumstance(s).


Some students may need to demonstrate their skills in a different way. For these students, state-approved alternatives are available, called Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) options:  These options are shown below and may be utilized only after a student has attempted and not met the proficiency standard in one or more of the state high school exams.


Collection of Evidence (COE)

The COE is an evaluation of a set of work samples prepared by the student in a classroom environment with instructional support from a teacher.


Grade Point Average (GPA) Comparison

A student’s grades in courses corresponding to specific content areas are compared with the grades of students who took the same courses and passed the exit exam. This option is available to students in their 12th-grade year who have an overall grade-point average of 3.2.


College Admission/AP tests

Students may use their math, science, reading and/or writing scores on the SAT reasoning test, ACT or ACT Plus Writing tests, or specified Advanced Placement (AP) tests to show they have key skills expected of high school graduates. They may also use scores from specified AP or International Baccalaureate exams to meet the science graduation assessment requirement.


Another option is available for students receiving special education services.  Called the Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA), a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) team will determine which assessment or assessments are appropriate for the student in a given subject area based upon the student’s learner characteristics.  Possibilities include:


Basic (L2) on General Assessment/Collection of Evidence

A student’s IEP team establishes that a student meets the proficiency standard by achieving a Level 2, or Basic, on one or more of the state high school exams or on a Collection of Evidence Submission.


Off-Grade Level Assessment

A student may take a standards-based test in a content area (English Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Science) at an elementary or middle school instructional grade level.


Locally Determined Assessment

A student may be assessed with one of several state-approved published achievement tests at the local level in the content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science.  The Locally Determined Assessment (LDA) is accessible by only 12th grade students.


Individual Student Results of State Testing

Paper copies of individual student’s test results are sent to districts roughly 2-3 months following the closing of the testing window.  One copy is placed in the student’s cumulative file and another copy is sent to the parents/guardians.


Other Data Links

From the home page of the State of Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (, state, district, and school testing data can be found by selecting the links to the State Report Card and K-12 Data and Reports.


To see historical data for individual schools within the Evergreen School District, go to: Available data includes entire and subgroup school assessment percentages over time, school comparisons to the district as a whole, attendance statistics, and student behavior.

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions you may have about assessment in the Evergreen Public Schools:

Michelle Folsom


Assessment Specialist


Off-grade ELA & Math





Kamee Williams


Assessment System Coordinator




CMA / DRA / EIRA / STAR / iReady



James Cantonwine


Assessment Program Coordinator

360-604-4161 x4429

Program Coordination and Supervision

Smarter Balanced Testing

District Assessment Calendar

Data Analysis and Reporting

Test Scoring Appeals and Requests to View




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