HSPE retake deadline approaching

Students must sign up by June 26 for August test dates

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

Published:

 

High school proficiency exams

HSPEs are required comprehensive exams that measure high school students' basic proficiency in reading and writing, and serve as the state's exit exams in those subjects.

Registration for summer retake

• Deadline: June 26.

• Online: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/TestRegistration.

• By phone: 800-725-4311 option 3.

• Have ready: State identification number from student's spring HSPE score report.

• Test fee: None.

Test dates

• Writing: 8 a.m. Aug. 12 and 13.

• Reading: 8 a.m. Aug. 14.

Preparation

Students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. and bring photo ID.

photoClick to enlarge

On the Web

Washington's school testing policies and practices:

http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/

Although the school year is winding down, high school students and their parents should be aware of a June 26 registration deadline for a required state test. Missing the deadline — and failing to pass the test — can prevent a student from walking at graduation with their senior class.

Tenth-, 11th-, and 12th-grade students who have not passed the reading and/or writing sections of the High School Proficiency Exam must register by June 26 through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

There is no testing fee.

All students in Washington take the HSPE on the same dates. Students will retake the writing test at 8 a.m. Aug. 12-13 and the reading test at 8 a.m. Aug. 14.

Students first take the HSPE in the spring of their sophomore year on the same dates throughout the state. A student who is absent on that date and doesn't take the test must register for the test retake in August.

Students can retake the test until they pass, said Heather Fowler of Evergreen Public Schools.

After the state compiles and releases HSPE scores, families receive a letter from OSPI showing their student's score. High schools get a report showing which students didn't pass.

High school counselors contact the students to tell them the dates of the summer retakes.

The school can't sign students up for the summer retake test. That's up to the student or the parent, Fowler said.

The school then finds out how many students are taking the tests so they can order enough testing booklets.

Seniors who have failed the HSPE at least twice can submit a Collection of Evidence, a portfolio of work showing that they meet proficiency standards in the subject matter.

But seniors who neither pass the HSPE nor do a Collection of Evidence can't walk at graduation, Fowler said.

"Some students don't test well. Some students miss the testing dates," Fowler said.

That's why the state offers the summer HSPE retakes, she said.

HSPE testing locations, by school district

Battle Ground

• Test location: Battle Ground High School Room C27, Battle Ground.

• Questions: Judy Ritola, 360-885-5391; after June 26, Allison Tuchardt, 360-885-5364.

Camas

• Test location: Camas High School, 26900 S.E. 15th St., Camas.

• Questions: Ellise Anderson, 360-833-5750 ext. 78379 or ellise.anderson@camas.wednet.edu.

Evergreen

• Test location: Union High School, Building 400-Visual and Performing Arts, 6201 N.W. Friberg-Strunk St., Camas.

• Questions: Kamee Williams, 360-604-4161 or kamee.williams@evergreenps.org or Heather Fowler, 360-604-1001 ext. 4429 or heather.fowler@evergreenps.org.

Hockinson

• Test location: Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.

• Questions: District office at 360-448-6400.

La Center

• Test location: La Center High School, 725 N.E. Highland Ave., La Center.

• Questions: Timm DiStefano: 360-263-1700 or timm.destefano@lacenterschools.org.

Ridgefield

• Test location: Ridgefield High School library, 2630 S. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield.

• Questions: Grades 9 and 11: Monica DeShazer, 360-619-1332; grades 10 and 12: Ray Lions, 360-619-1331, or Allen Andringa, 360-619-1324.

Vancouver

• Test location: Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.

• Questions: Contact student's school counselor until June 19.

Washougal

• Test location: Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

• Questions: Aaron Hansen, 360-954-3101.

Woodland

• Test location: Woodland High School, 757 Park St., Woodland.

• Questions: Asha Riley, 360-841-2706.