State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced this week that students will not take state standardized tests this spring. Instead, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will be scheduled in Fall 2021.
The fall testing schedule meets the federal requirement for state testing without committing valuable learning time this spring to test-taking.
Reykdal said OSPI is exploring the need to reduce the length of state tests this fall and beyond, as well as other reforms to the state testing system.
"We will continue to use locally determined assessments that are more informative and actionable measures of student learning as we prepare for next school year and beyond," said Reykdal. "The federally mandated testing system that has been driving too much local decision-making for the past 20 years is not achieving the intended result of closing opportunity and achievement gaps."