Fall Preliminary SBA and WCAS Scores 2021-22 School Year

  • To meet the federal accountability requirements, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington rescheduled the spring 2021 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) assessments, for one year only, to the fall of the 2021-22 school year. Students took the WCAS and a modified version of the SBA for their grade level in the 2020-21 school year. To determine which assessment(s) your student took in the fall of the 2021-22 school year, please refer to the chart below. 

    The fall testing window was September 27 - November 10, though each school chose its specific test dates within that window. It is important to remember that your student was tested this fall on last year's grade level standards. In addition, the Smarter Balanced Assessments were shortened and the extended response and performance tasks were eliminated in order to provide more time for instruction and social emotional learning. Because the test was modified, student scores cannot be compared to previous Smarter Balanced Assessment scores. 

    The fall preliminary SBA and WCAS scores are one data point. Schools consider them along with other assessment scores, including course unit assessments, diagnostic assessments, and other state assessments to evaluate student learning and plan for instruction. 

    To access your students' preliminary scores, visit the Home Access CenterIf you need help with your Home Access Center account, click here.

    Official final SBA and WCAS scores were released in early February. Family Reports for all students who tested in fall 2021 were sent home from your student's school.

    Sample SBA Score Reports for Fall 2021-22 are available by clicking on the links on the right. They are provided to show the layout of information in Family Reports for individual student results on the fall SBA 2021 administration. These samples do not show an actual student’s performance but can help you understand how to read the official score reports you will receive for your student in February.

    For information about the spring administration of the SBA and WCAS, please view our SBA Family Information and Resources page.


Fall SBA and WCAS Schedule 2021-22 SY