Washington State is participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, along with 23 other states. It is a state-led consortium that developed next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Students in grades 3-8 are assessed each spring using Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts.  5th and 8th grade students also complete an assessment in science.

For more information about the Smarter Balanced tests and to try out a practice test yourself, please visit www.k12.wa.us/smarter. More information about the Common Core may be found at www.k12.wa.us/corestandards.

Please call or email your child’s teacher if you have questions about state testing.

Gause Elementary 2023 Assessments

Date(s) Assessment Grade Levels/Subjects Content Knowledge Resources
January 2023 RAN/RAS All K-2 students must be screened (more details to come) Rapid Automatized Naming Dyslexia OSPI
1/9/23 – 2/3/23
4/17/23 –
Fastbridge K-12 – Fast Reading
K-12 – Fast Math
Grades 2-12 -mySAEBRS
1/30/23 – 4/24/23 WIDA Access/ WIDA Alternate Access All English Language (EL) students who qualify for state transitional bilingual instruction English language proficiency: reading, writing, listening & speaking WIDA Access
1/30/23 – 5/5/23 WA-AIM Grades 3-8: English Language Arts (ELA), Math & Science Alternative to SBA/WCAS for students with significant cognitive disabilities WA-AIM
3/7/23 – 6/10/23 Smarter Balanced Grades 3-8: ELA & Math State summative assessment Smarter Balanced Resources Website
4/10/23 – 6/2/23 

*Paper version 4/10/23 – 5/19/23)

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) Grade 5 State summative assessment WCAS Resources