Washington State Assessments of Student Learning
(in short, state testing)
When is the required state testing this year?
The MSP will be given from May 2 – 13, 2011, with make-up testing from May 16, 2011 until May 19th. Parents are encouraged to avoid scheduling vacations and other events that will take students out of school during the testing window.
What is the state test?
The state test is given to all students in grades 3, 4, and 5. The test, called the “Measurement of Student Progress” (MSP), replaces the “Washington Assessment of Student Learning” (WASL).
Like the WASL, the MSP assesses how well students have mastered the state expectations for student learning. Students in all three grades will be tested in reading and math. Fourth graders will also have a writing test,and fifith graders will have a science test.
What happened to the WASL?
The WASL has been replaced with the MSP. The MSP is shorter than the WASL; most testing will be completed in three or four days compared to the six to eight days students were tested in the past. However, the test is still VERY important as a measure of how well our students are doing. All students are expected to take the test and school wide performance is important in determining whether our students are making adequate annual progress.
How Can I Learn More about State Testing?
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has a website that can answer many of your questions about the MSP. To connect to that site, click on the following link: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment.