For the 2013-14 school year, students will continue to take the same state tests they have in the past. For 2014-15, however, they will be tested against the Common Core State Standards using a new standardized test. The test the state of Washington will use is being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
The assessments will be designed to test higher level thinking skills and will be given only on computers. They will be adaptive, meaning the test will automatically adjust its level of rigor for each question based on how each student answers the questions. Teachers will also have access to interim assessments that will be used at intervals throughout the year to check student readiness.