Testing and Assessment FAQs

Required State Assessments

What you need to know!

High school students are required to participate in state-mandated academic assessments. Passing the state exams for English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are required to graduate. Failure to attend required assessments may result in the student not meeting graduation requirements, being placed on an intervention plan, or being ineligible for re-enrollment in the future.

State assessments are completed in person at one of our test sites around Washington State. You will be assigned to a Spring Testing Site that is within one hour of your home. Starting in November, you may view and confirm your assigned testing site by clicking the Family Login link at our Testing Portal at https://www.testingnirvana.com/login/index.php and entering your information.

Students who live more than one hour from the nearest testing site may choose to travel to the nearest available testing site, or request that their exams be scheduled with their legal resident school district instead.

To request that you be allowed to complete your Spring Testing at your legal resident school district instead of Insight's testing site, you will need to submit a Spring Testing - Outlier Registration and Student Responsibility Agreement.

Spring Test Site Change Requests are reviewed until February 28, 2017 and you will be contacted with the final determination.

Retake Exam Options

(by registration only)

Smarter Balance ELA and Math Retakes are offered in November, and End of Course Biology and Math Retakes are offered in January for students who have not met their graduation exam requirements. A limited number of testing sites are available for retakes, and you will likely have to travel farther than usual to reach one.

You must Register for retakes before each test window deadline to take advantage of these options:  Fall and Winter Retake Registration

November Retakes Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016

  • Smarter Balance English/Language Arts
  • Smarter Balance Mathematics

January Retakes Registration Deadline: November 30, 2016

  • End of Course Biology
  • End of Course Mathematics Option (Algebra or Geometry)

Required State Assessments

by Grade for SY 2016–2017

9th Grade

  • ONLY for students currently enrolled in the Biology course: End of Course Biology

10th Grade

  • English/Language Arts Exit Exam
  • End of Course Biology
  • **Smarter Balance Mathematics ONLY for students currently in Algebra II or higher math course:

11th Grade

  • Smarter Balance English/Language Arts
  • Smarter Balance Mathematics

12th Grade

If you are a Senior and have not passed your graduation exam requirements, you will automatically be scheduled to retake the appropriate Smarter Balance or Biology exams in the spring testing sessions. You will only be scheduled for exams that you have not yet passed.

Additional alternatives may be available to Juniors and Seniors. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Questions regarding your testing schedule or assigned site can be directed to your Assessment Coordinator, Danielle Beyer, at dbeyer@k12insightwa.org or by calling 425.533.2700 and asking for the Assessment Team.