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State Test Schedules

Testing that would have normally taken place during Spring 2021 was postponed until Fall 2021
The result of this postponement is that there will be two state test windows during the 2021-22 school year.   One in the fall, and one in the spring.  The spring test window will be a normal test window...students will be assessed at their 2021-22 school year grade level.  However testing in the fall will be a little different as described in more detail below. 

The following are the state test windows for Fall 2021.  High School Late Start dates are indicated.  For elementary and middle schools, test dates will be determined by each school within this test window:

  • Overall Fall Test Window for SBA and WCAS: September 27-November 10
  • High School Late Start Dates for SBA and WCAS: October 26, 27, and 28
  • WA-AIM Test Window (alternate assessment for certain special education students if they were not completed in Spring 2021): September 27-November 23


  • Students tested in the fall will be tested at their grade level from the 2020-21 school year.  So a student who is a 4th grader this fall, will (in the fall) take the 3rd grade tests.
  • So who exactly is testing in the fall??   Students who are in grades 4-9 and 11 in the fall will take the SBA ELA and Math tests; those in grades 6, 9, and 12 in the fall will take the WCAS Science test as well.
  • The tests will be shorter than usual.  For Fall 2021 testing, the state has reduced the length of the tests.   We will have most test results available to us within two weeks.
  • Seniors who have not yet met their Grad Pathway may take the fall SBA ELA or Math tests to complete those pathways.
  • NOTE: Because the tests for English Learner students took place during Spring 2021, those EL assessments will not be part of the Fall 2021 test window.  The regular annual EL assessment will be in Spring 2022.
The following are the projected state test windows for Spring 2022 state testing.  Exact test dates within these windows will be determined by each school in our district and probably will not be known until sometime in March 2022.

  • SBA ELA and Math:  March 7-June 3, 2022 (generally speaking our testing does not begin until after Spring Break)
  • WCAS Science: April 11-June 3, 2022
  • WA-AIM (the alternative for students with cognitive disabilities):  Yet to be determined.
  • WIDA (for English Learners only): January 31-March 25

In spite of the above-mentioned postponement, some testing took place this spring.
English Learners took the ELPA or WIDA assessment and some special education students took the WA-AIM (the alternative assessment for SBA and WCAS).  Those WA-AIM eligible students who did not test this spring, will be tested in the fall instead.

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