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Testing and Grades

Learning is the chief goal for students in Lake Washington School District. Teachers, administrators, parents, and community members all have that same goal. To reach it, students learn skills and concepts known as learning standards. Teachers base learning on the current State of Washington learning standards. They check student growth on these standards through assessments. Assessments help teachers, students, and parents/guardians understand what concepts and skills students know and can do and where students may need help.

Information about student learning and the performance of the school district is gathered from a variety of sources, including district and state assessments, and from the classroom teacher.

State Assessments

  • End of Course Exams (EOC) in Math
    This test will indicate the knowledge and skills students have gained from taking specific courses of either Algebra or Geometry. Only Class of 2018 students are eligible to attempt this exam. It will no longer be offered after the 2017-18 school year.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English/Language Arts and Math
    This test will assess students in grades 3-8 and 10 and will indicate if students are making progress toward the state learning standards and college and career readiness.
  • Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)
    This test will assess students in grades 5, 8 and 11 and will indicate if students are making progress toward the state learning standards in science.

Report cards

Report cards give parents and students a snapshot of each student’s current performance on the learning standards.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are times for parents and teachers to meet and review the academic progress of a student. Regular parent-teacher conferences ensure that parents and teachers exchange information that can help both parties support students in their learning. Elementary conferences are held twice a year. In October, the student, teacher, and parents/guardians meet for a goal-setting conference. Students set academic goals before the conference. A second conference is held in January to review the student’s progress toward goals.

Middle and high schools do not have specific parent-teacher conference schedules. Parents should contact the teacher if they would like to discuss their student’s progress in a conference.

High School Transcripts

After a student has graduated, they may still need to have copies of their high school transcripts sent to a college, university, trade school, or perspective employer. Links are provided on this page to find out how to request transcripts from any high school in the district.