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State Testing in Washington: Grades 3–8 The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires yearly testing of students in grades 3–8 and once in high school in English language arts (ELA) and math, and in grades 5 and 8 and once in high school in science. Washington state also requires students to pass specific tests to be eligible to graduate from high school. State Testing Windows Testing is scheduled within the windows listed below. Contact your local school district to find out which dates your child will be testing. State Testing FAQ Why does my child need to take state tests? Most students in grades 3–8 will take the Smarter Balanced tests in ELA and math, and the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science. These tests may be taken with or without tools, supports, or accommodations. Students with significant cognitive challenges documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) take alternate assessments in ELA, math, and science, called the Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM). State testing is