• Measuring Student Progress and Achievement 

    Student assessment in the Pasco School District provides clear measurments of student learning and meaningful data to inform teacher instruction. The assessments listed under the state assessments column are mandated by Washington State and require all school districts within the state to implement. The assessments listed under the district assessments column are the assessments the Pasco School District implements to measure student learning throughout the school year. For questions regarding assessment, please contact Director of Assessment Shellie Hatch, or District Assessment Coordinator Enid Flynn.



  • District Assessments

    For more information click here. STAR 

     The STAR 360 assessment is used by the district to measure learning in reading and mathematics. All students in grades K-8 are tested in the fall, winter, and spring to measure growth. 

  • State Assessments 

    For more information click here. Washington State Assessments

    State assessments are used to show families their children are progressing toward college and career readiness and mastery level of the state's learning standards.


    The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is the state assessment in math and English language arts. Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 will take the SBA in math and English language arts. Most students in grade 11 will also take the SBA in math. Tests are usually taken between mid-March and early June. Students are not timed and the test is taken online

    WA Kids 

    The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life.

    Three Components

    1. Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
    2. Whole-child assessment helps kindergarten teachers learn about the skills and strengths of the children in their classrooms so they can meet the needs of each child.
    3. Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.

    English Language Learners 

    The English Langauge Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) summative assessment is an online assessment given to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services with a placement test. The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students’ English language proficiency, both knowledge and skills, in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.