Measurements of Student Progress (Grades 3-8)
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Measurements of Student Progress

Until the 2014-15 school year, the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) was the state’s exam for the following grades and subjects:

  • Math (grades 3-8)
  • Reading (grades 3-8)
  • Writing (grades 4 and 7)
  • Science (grades 5 and 8)

Starting in the spring of 2015, Washington's assessment system will change to Smarter Balanced for English language arts (formerly reading and writing) and math.

Students in grades 5 and 8 will continue to take the science MSP.

State testing should never be the sole judge of a student’s academic skills and knowledge. A student’s entire performance should always be considered.

The MSP is available in paper/pencil format or online. Schools and districts will choose their testing days within the following 2015 testing windows:

  • April 20 ‒ May 19: MSP paper/pencil testing window
  • April 20 ‒ June 5: MSP online testing window

State Test Questions and Practice/Sample Tests

An Introduction to Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs): Video and Q&A


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FAQs About State Testing

Test Resources/Handouts

Washington State Report Card

Request Your Child’s Test

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   Updated 10/9/2014

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