Washington State Testing
Washington uses the grades 3-8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test its students. The HSPE is used as the state’s high school exit exam. In spring 2011, the state will begin using end-of-course exams in math. Washington State Testing Calendars
The name of the MSP, given to students in grades 3-8, conveys the goal of the test: to measure student progress. Note: Students should have received their spring 2010 score reports by the end of September. Please call your district if you did not receive a score report.
This test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state’s exit exam. Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 must pass this assessment or a state-approved alternative in reading and writing in order to be eligible to graduate. Students in the classes of 2013 must pass reading, writing, science and two math end-of-course exams in order to graduate.
End-of-Course (EOC) Exams
Beginning in spring 2011, students in grades 7-12 will begin taking end-of-course math exams. The state is moving to end-of-course exams so students can be tested on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained from a specific course rather than on a comprehensive test like the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) that assesses overall knowledge. In spring 2012, students will be offered an end-of-course exam in biology.
The Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) is a component of Washington’s comprehensive assessment program focused on providing access for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to the state testing system.
North Kitsap School District Assessments
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Students in our district grades 1 through 10 take computerized tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) three times per year to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Math and Reading.
MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for each student's level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP tests, teachers can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about student growth. Over the testing period, students will spend a total of about two hours completing these tests.
MAP has many benefits for students, parents, and their teachers. MAP is great for establishing short-term learning goals, providing opportunities for success and focusing on growth instead of end of year state target proficiency scores. MAP also has the ability to inform teacher planning and instruction. The more teachers know about individual student needs, the better they can plan for their education. The MAP assessment will allow teachers to be better informed each year to ensure high levels of learning for all students. After each testing period, parents and guardians will receive a detailed report of their child’s progress and performance on the assessments.
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Testing Periods: Please check with individual schools for exact test dates and times.
Last Modified on July 12, 2012