Must juniors take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in order to graduate with a diploma? The short answer is, yes, under certain conditions. The State Board of Education has a mandated minimum score in the Level 2 range for high school graduation (see article link below at the end). A sophomore that has attained a Level 3 or 4 Proficiency has no need to sit for the test again in 11th grade. Level 3 and 4 scores earned in the 10th grade will be banked for one year and included in the required federal accountability reporting when that student is in the 11th grade.
SBA-Math can be administered as early as the spring of 10th grade, provided the student has completed at least Algebra II-level coursework. Most schools are administering SBA-ELA in the 10th grade.
Here are the OSPI Assessment requirements:
Here is what the Washington State Board of Education has indicated:
Be sure to read this document as well:
**This blog post will be updated as needed**