Washington State Testing

  • Laws regarding required tests have changed several times; students will follow the requirements for their original graduation year:
     

    Tests Required for Graduation

    Class of Subject Test
    2015 and earlier ELA Choose 1:
    • Reading AND Writing HSPE*  (no longer offered)
    • ELA SBA
    • ELA Washington Alternate Assessment System (for students with IEPs)
    Math Choose 1:
    • Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC exam
    • Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC exam
    • Math Washington Alternate Assessment System (for students with IEPs)
    2016 ELA Choose 1:
    Math Choose 1:
    2017 & 2018 ELA Choose 1:
    Math Choose 1:
    2019-2020 ELA Choose 1:
    Math Choose 1:

     

    ** "Exit exam" scores (for graduation requirements) are separate from what are known as the "college- and career-ready" scores.

    ATTENTION CLASSES OF 2016 THROUGH 2018: If a student meets or exceeds the college- and career-ready threshold score on the Smarter Balanced ELA test as a 10th grader, he or she will not have to take that test in 11th grade.

    Alternatives to the HSPE, SBA and EOC

    If students have taken a HSPE or EOC at least twice without passing, there are some alternate ways for them to demonstrate their skills.  Students should talk to their counselors about these options:
     

     

    Reading

    Writing

    Algebra

    Geometry

    Biology

    STATE TEST

    Graduation Requirement

    Score 400 + on the HSPE or 2548 on the

    ELA SBA

    Score 17 + on the HSPE or2548 on the

    ELA SBA

    Score 400 + on the EOC or 2595 on the Math SBA

    Score 400 + on the EOC or 2595 on the Math SBA

    Not required until Class of 2021

    'old' SAT Test

    (prior to March 2016)

    350+ on the SAT

    380+ on the SAT

    390+ on the SAT

    400+ on the SAT

    'new' SAT Test(March 2016 or later)

    410+

     

    410+

    430+

    430+

    ACT

    14+

    14+

    16+

    16+

    Grade Comparison

    Available to students who have a cumulative grade point average

    (GPA) of 3.2 or higher.

    Pass a state test in a different state

    Students who enroll in a Washington State public high school for

    the first time in the 11th or 12th grades may

    substitute passing scores on another state’s test.

    Pass a college level class in the subject

    Students who have passed their original graduation date may have their state test requirement waived by passing a college level class in that subject.

    New to Washington State?

    Students who move to Washington State after grade 10 may be able to substitute passing scores on another state's high school exam like the ISAT in Idaho or OAKS in Oregon.  Students should talk with a counselor about their choices.

Last Modified on September 5, 2019