2021 - 22 Everett High School State Assessment Information

SBA FAQ

  • What is the SBA?

    The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is a set of state-required summative assessments in English/Language Arts (ELA) and math which are taken at predetermined intervals/grade levels to determine student performance in these subjects.

    Who is taking the SBA?

    In Spring 2022, the normal state testing schedule will resume:

    • 10th graders will be taking the ELA and Math SBAs
    • 11th graders will be taking WCAS (science).
    • 12th graders are recommended to take the 10th grade ELA and/or Math SBAs only if they need to satisfy an English/Language Arts and/or Math graduation pathway.
      • Seniors + families: Please check Naviance or with your student's counselor to see if they have met their graduation pathways, before reaching out to Success Coordinators Ms. Day or Ms. Malowney with questions. 

    Why does my student need to take the SBA?

    Students must take the SBA in ELA and Math in order to have a complete High School and Beyond plan, which is a Washington State graduation requirement. Meeting standard - meaning an ELA score of 2548+ and a math score of 2595+ - also allows a student to satisfy an ELA and/or Math graduation pathway, another WA graduation requirement.

    Results from the 10th grade ELA and math tests are also used to assess students' proficiency in these subjects and then are used to inform course-taking for the next two years of high school; after a 10th grade student demonstrates they have met standard on the test, they have greater flexibility in course they can take going forward. Note that test scores are not used to solely determine grade level promotion, graduation, teacher evaluation/retention/promotion, and are not used as the sole criteria for student program qualification or disqualification.

WCAS FAQ

  • What is the WCAS?

    The Washington Comprehensive Asseessment of Science (WCAS) measures students' science proficiency in grades 5, 8 and 11 based on the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards, also called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Note for Fall 2021 only, students in grades 6, 9 and 12 are taking the WCAS in order to make up for the cancelation of last year's state assessments due to COVID-19; by Spring 2022, the typical testing schedule is anticipated to resume and only grade 11 students will take the WCAS.

    Who is taking the WCAS?

     In Spring 2022, the normal state testing schedule is anticipated to resume and only 11th graders will be taking the WCAS.

    Why does my student need to take the WCAS?

    The tests fulfill the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirement that students be tested in science once at each level: elementary, middle and high school. Although House Bill 1599 (2019) removed the high school science graduation requirement, EPS 11th graders (12th graders, for Fall 2021 only) take the WCAS for state and federal accountability purposes.

WA-AIM FAQ

  • What is the WA-AIM?

    The Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) is the alternative state assessment to the SBA and WCAS for students with significant cognitive disabilties. It is a portfolio-type assessment, compiled by case managers for qualifying students.

    Who is taking the WA-AIM?

    Families of qualifying students will be notified about WA-AIM participation at yearly IEP meetings -- if you have questions about your student and the WA-AIM, please speak to your student's case manager. 

    For Fall 2021 only, participants include any students who did not complete their Spring 2021 portfolios, as well as any qualifying 11th and 12th graders. 

    By Spring 2022, the normal state testing schedule is anticipated to resume and particpants will include any students who did not complete their Fall 2021 portfolios as well as any qualifying 10th - 12th graders.

    Why does my student need to take the WA-AIM?

    Students must take the WA-AIM or another state assessment in order to have a complete High School and Beyond plan, which is a Washington State graduation requirement. Meeting standard - meaning an ELA score of 104+ and a math score of 103+ - also allows a student to satisfy an ELA and/or Math graduation pathway, another WA graduation requirement.

    On an individual student basis, results from the WA-AIM provide another piece of evidence to help teachers better understand how to adjust their curriculum and instruction to help individual students meet grade level standard as well as assist counselors in constructing student courseloads. Note that test scores are not used to solely determine grade level promotion, graduation, teacher evaluation/retention/promotion, and are not used as the sole criteria for student program qualification or disqualification.

2021-22 State Assessment Schedule by Grade

A table showing which state assessment(s) students will be taking during the 2021-22 school year, depending on their grade.