Testing Students in Washington State
Washington uses the grades 3-8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test its students. The HSPE is used as the state’s high school exit exam. In spring 2011, the state began using end-of-course exams in math. See the testing calendar on the left.
Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
The name of the MSP, given to students in grades 3-8, conveys the goal of the test: to measure student progress. Results from spring 2011 testing will be available in early September.
High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
This test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state’s exit exam for reading and writing. Students in the classes of 2011and 2012 must pass this assessment or a state-approved alternative in reading and writing in order to be eligible to graduate. Students in the classes of 2013and 2014 must pass reading, writing and one math end-of-course exam in order to graduate.
End-of-Course (EOC) Exams
Beginning in spring 2011, students in grades 7-12 began taking end-of-course math exams. The state is moving to end-of-course exams so students can be tested on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained from a specific course rather than on a comprehensive test like the HSPE, which assesses overall knowledge. In spring 2012, students will be offered an end-of-course exam in biology.