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    Smarter Balanced Assessments Will Not Be Administered for Students This Spring
    Posted on 04/20/2021

    Smarter Balanced Assessments Will Not Be Administered for Students This Spring

    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has determined that Smarter Balanced Assessments and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will not be administered to students this spring.

    Instead, the state summative assessment window for the 2020-21 school year will be this fall, which fulfills the guidance provided by the Department of Education to satisfy federal testing requirements.

    Washington state requires all districts to administer the Smarter Balanced assessments each spring to students in grades 3-8 and grade 10. The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) is also required by the state and administered to students in 5th, 8th, and 11th grade.

    While these state tests will not be administered this spring, schools will be asked to determine and administer locally determined assessments, which will only be used to help measure student learning, provide information to families, and determine academic areas in which students are in need of extension and/or supports.

    "Without a rigorous sampling methodology, state assessments this spring would yield inequitable access to supports for remote learners, a substantial number of students and families opting out, and results that would not be reliable or actionable," said Superintendent Chris Reykdal. Reykdal's full statement can be found on the OSPI website.

    The timeline for fall assessments, as well as any guidance regarding locally determined assessments, will be communicated as soon as we have more information.

    Learn more about the Fall 2021 State Assessment Plan.

    Learn more about assessments at Seattle Public Schools.