Statewide test scores are publicly released on Report Card.
For families: WCAS Score Reports for families arrive in districts in early October.
For educators: Scores are available in the Smarter Reporting System (SRS) in late August. Trainings, resources, and SRS can be accessed from the Scores and Reporting section of the WCAP Portal.
The Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe the knowledge, skills, and processes that students should know and do at each tested grade. The ALDs were developed by educators and used to recommend the Scale Score Ranges for Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 on the WCAS to the State Board of Education.
Test Design & Item Specifications
The Test Design and Item Specifications documents describe how the clusters (stimulus and item sets) and standalone items for the WCAS are developed. They include a technical description of the assessment that ensures the assessment will measure the science standards in a reliable manner every year.
- Grade 5 Test Design and Item Specifications (updated January 2021)
- Grade 8 Test Design and Item Specifications (updated January 2021)
- High School Test Design and Item Specifications (updated January 2021)
- Modifications Log (updated January 2021)
(Updated November 2020)
Students who take online assessments need opportunities to explore the features of the online assessment and to practice using the tools available to them. Students, families, and teachers can access Training Tests for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) Portal.
Quick Start Guide
(Updated January 2021)
Please see the Quick Start Guide for information about accessing the WCAS training tests as a Guest User or through the secure browser.
WCAS Frequently Asked Questions
This document provides answers to a list of frequently asked questions about the current and future state science assessments.