ELA Assessment

Using Individual Interim Questions

Want to take a look at interim items? Check out the Using Individual Interim Questions for Class Discussion video on OSPI's YouTube channel.

Contact Information

Assessment Development ELA

Welcome to ELA Assessment. Washington ELA uses the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, aligned to the Washington K-12 Learning Standards. The system consist of three major components designed to improve teaching and learning: Summative assessments, Interim assessments, and Tools for Teachers resources focused on the formative assessment process. Please reach out to us if you have any assessment-related questions.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) Portal

The WCAP Portal is the access point for assessment tools and resources.

Distance Learning

Formative Assessment During Distance Learning: Recapturing "In-the-Moment" Observations that Inform Instruction.


  • Practice and Training Tests are available now to support student familiarity with the test format and tools.
  • For information about the status of state tests, timelines, and administration windows, please visit the Timelines & Calendar page.

Assessments, Trainings, & Resources

Summative Assessment
Interim Assessments
Training and Practice Tests and Sample Items
Scoring Resources

THSS Guides and Rubrics

Grades THSS Guides Rubrics Claim 1 Rubrics Claim 2 Full Write Rubrics Claim 2
3-5 3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Short Text Rubrics Brief-Write Rubrics Narrative
6-8 6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Short Text Rubrics Brief-Write Rubrics Narrative
HS High School Short Text Rubrics Brief-Write Rubrics Explanatory
Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations