Franklin Pierce Schools' mission is to provide students an engaging educational environment, built upon proven academics and high standards, resulting in successful and contributing citizens.  Assessment serves two major purposes: instructional support and educational accountability and has three levels: district, state and national.  Ongoing assessments and evaluation of progress and achievements provides a way to determine and measure goals.  FPSD strives to provide timely and meaningful student achievement information to students, parents and guardians, teachers, and the community.

State and federal laws require students to be tested in English Language Arts and Math in Grades 3 through 8 and high school and Science in Grades 5, 8, 11.

District Assessments

District Assessments

We regularly assess students and their progress as they move through school. 

Teachers use formative and summative assessments to measure academic progress and provide support as needed for students.  Parents and guardians can monitor classroom assessments through the use of Online Grades.  Click here to login.  If you need support logging in, please contact your student’s school.

Benchmark assessments are administered throughout the school year and consist of large clusters of standards.  The purpose of benchmark assessments are to inform teachers which standards students have mastered at that point in time.

State Assessments


To earn a diploma, each student must earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) by meeting standard on the required statewide assessments or CAA state-approved alternative assessments for their graduating class.  Students receiving special education services in the assessed content area may take state-approved off-grade level assessments as determined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA).



Class of 

Class of 
2021 and beyond

English Language Arts

Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Exam

Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Exam


Smarter Balanced Math Exam

Smarter Balanced Math Exam



Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science


Students must attempt the statewide assessment at least once before accessing CAA state-approved alternative assessments.  These options include meeting standard by GPA Comparison or College Admission Tests.

  • GPA Comparison – compares student’s grades with a cohort model of students who took the same courses and passed the exit exam; this option is only available to 12th graders with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • College Admission Tests – uses SAT/ACT/AP exam scores to demonstrate competency


Graduation Assessment Requirement SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
ACT with Writing
Mathematics 430 16
English Language Arts 410 14



AP Test Score of 3 or higher


Calculus or Statistics


English Literature and Composition, Psychology, United States History, World History, or Comparative Government and Politics


English Language and Composition


Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Environmental Science


The state also measures achievement of special populations and subject areas.

OSPI Developed Assessments (Formerly Classroom Based/Performance Assessments)

Annual assessment and reporting in regards to Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness, and Educational Technology.  The assessments are multi-stepped tasks or projects aligned to specific state standards which target subject area skills and knowledge.  Demonstrating proficiency means they have met grade level expectations for applying understanding of content knowledge, concepts and skills.

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

ELPA21 annually assesses the need for English Language Learner support and growth in English language development of English language learners to determine eligibility for services.  ELPA21 assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.

National Assessments

ASVAB - Armed Services Aptitude Battery

Measures ability in academic areas as well as vocationally oriented skills (electronic, mechanics and spatial relations).  Scores are valid for two years and are not utilized by the armed services without the student’s consent.

Who: 11th and 12th graders

When: December

Where: FPHS or WHS

Cost: free

ACT – American College Test

Measures understanding of English, math, reading, and science.  An optional writing portion is also available.

Who: 11th and 12th graders

When: throughout the year, see ACT website for details, here

Where: locations vary

Cost: $39.50 - $56.50, fee waivers available, please see your counselor

PSAT/NMSQT – Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Qualifying Test

Useful as a practice for taking college admission tests and is used to determine participation in the NMSQT program, as well as give access to College Search.  College Search is a program that gives students national college information.

Who: 9th, 10th and 11th graders

When: October

Where: FPHS or WHS

Cost: District paid

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test

Designed to assess readiness for college.  Tests knowledge and application of reading, writing and math.

Who: 11th and 12th graders

When: throughout the year, see College Board website for details, here

Where: locations vary

Cost: $43 - $54.50; fee waivers available, please see your counselor