The Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) is the statewide testing platform which measures student progress and tracks federal accountability in ELA, math and science. Measuring the progress and proficiency of our students statewide is important because it helps ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education that strives to prepare them to be College and Career Ready citizens when they graduate from high school. Washington state students are regularly tested to assess their progress as they move through elementary and middle school. 

The state legislature passes laws that determine graduation requirements. One of the pathways students can use to demonstrate post-secondary career or college readiness is passing the state assessments, or state-approved alternatives. A student’s expected year of graduation is four years after the student enters the 9th grade. Click the “Graduation Toolkit” tab to view specific requirements for our current high school students by graduation year.

Should you have questions or would like additional information regarding Washington State Assessments please contact:

Dr. Julie Van Wijk, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning    

Kim Olson, Student Data System Specialist/District Assessment Coordinator


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