Assessment and Testing

Measuring student progress and achievement

Kennewick School District participates in state standardized testing and Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP).


State Standardized Testing

Grades 3-8

Smarter Balanced Tests: Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, subjects included in the Common Core State Standards (English language arts and math) are assessed using the Smarter Balanced system.

*Science is not included in the Common Core. Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are adopted, implemented and assessed, students will continue to be assessed using the MSP for grades 5 and 8 after the 2013-14 school year. The timeline of adoption/implementation/assessment of NGSS is undetermined.

NOTE: If students take Algebra I or Geometry before high school, they will also take the End-of-Course (EOC) exam that goes with that course at that time. If they pass the EOC, they will “bank” their score to meet high school graduation requirements and will not be required to take a math EOC in high school.

High School

Public school students in Washington state must fulfill all graduation requirements to earn a certificate of academic achievement (CAA)/high school diploma. One of those requirements is to pass exit exams, or state-approved alternatives, in English language arts (ELA) and math.

High school students are also required to take a biology EOC. Beginning with the Class of 2015, passing the biology EOC, or a state-approved alternative, is required to be eligible for graduation.

Some students may have taken a math or biology EOC before 10th grade if they were enrolled in one of those classes. If they passed an EOC before 10th grade, their scores are “banked” to meet state and federal requirements. They will not be required to take a math or biology EOC in high school.

A small number of students receiving special education services are eligible to earn a certificate of individual achievement (CIA)/high school diploma by meeting standard in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS). Eligibility is determined by a student’s IEP team. 

As of the 2014-15 school year, 11th graders are tested in subjects included in the Common Core (ELA and math) using the Smarter Balanced system. Meeting standard on the Smarter Balanced tests is not required for graduation until the Class of 2019.

*** Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass the Biology EOC. After NGSS are implemented and assessed, they will be required to pass a Comprehensive NGSS Test. The timeline of implementation/assessment of NGSS is undetermined.

End-of-Course Exams (Only applicable to Class of 2018): EOCs measure the knowledge of students in algebra 1/integrated math 1, geometry/integrated math 2 and biology when they complete each course. They serve as the state’s exit exams for math and science.

Smarter Balanced Tests: Meeting standard on an 11th-grade Smarter Balanced test is a state-approved assessment and graduation requirement for English language arts and math for the classes of 2018 and beyond. 


Q: Why is state testing required?
Q: Are students required to pass state tests to graduate from high school?
Q: May I refuse to have my child take state tests?
Q: What are “Smarter Balanced” assessments?
Q: What subjects are covered on our state tests?
Q: What is a “good score” on our state tests?

Program Contacts

Bev Henderson
Assessment & Staff Development Coordinator
(509) 222-6593