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State assessments


Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) Options

Most Washington state public high school students will fulfill the assessment portion of the graduation requirements by passing state exit exams. If students don't pass on their first attempt, there are retake opportunities. Some students, however, may need to demonstrate their skills a different way. For these students, state-approved alternatives called Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) options, are available after the student has attempted the state assessment. Please visit OSPI Graduation Alternatives for more information on CAA options.


Collection of Evidence (COE)

The COE is an evaluation of a set of work samples based on classroom work prepared by the student with instructional support from a teacher. OSPI, in conjunction with Washington state teachers, develop and implement COE passages, tasks, and prompts for reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Please visit COE Local FAQs for more information on the COE Local Assessment.


Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child's life.

Three components are:

  1. Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child's education.
  2. Whole-child assessment gives kindergarten teachers information about the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and mathematics development of the children in their classrooms, so they may tailor their instruction to the individual needs of each child.
  3. Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.

Visit the  WaKIDS website or the OSPI WaKIDS webpage for more information.


Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Per their website, the SBAC states: "The Smarter Balanced assessment system includes a comprehensive suite of standards-aligned assessments and tools—including instructional supports, interim assessments, and summative assessments—to support effective teaching and maximize learning for each individual student."

Visit the SBAC  or the OSPI SBAC webpage for more information.


English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPA)

Per their website, the ELPA21 states: "ELPA21 bridges the gap between the operational burden of test administration and the precision of the overall instruments and results. We leverage the latest advancements in technology-based testing and analysis to continually improve results for students learning English."

Visit the ELPA21 website or the OSPI ELPA webpage for more information.