Statewide testing is important because it helps ensure all public school students, no matter where they go to school, receive a quality education.
Washington students are regularly tested by the state to assess their progress as they move through school. In high school, they must pass specific exit exams, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to earn a certificate of academic achievement/high school diploma. (Assessment is one of four graduation requirements.)
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) develops or selects and administers all state assessments. OSPI also reports achievement data for students, schools, districts and the state. These data help districts and schools decide which teaching practices and curricula best support student understanding of the Common Core State Standards which have been adopted by the state of Washington. They also give families valuable information about how well their child is doing and where additional help might be needed.