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Washington State K-12 Learning Standards
and End-of-Year Testing and Assessments

Get a Quick Overview

To get a quick overview of Washington State's K-12 learning standards and testing, visit this Ready Washington Families page, where you can access a variety of resources to learn more about supporting your student.

To learn more about the Wahkiakum School District and each of our schools, visit the OSPI WA State Report Card for Wahkiakum School District. This website offers details by school year on testing results, enrollment, number of students in the District (student census / population), demographics, teacher information, and special programs offered.

Learn More and Get In-Depth Information

The annual WA State testing window for grades 3-12 runs from mid-March to early June. Each District sets their own testing dates within this time-frame. Many tests are conducted online, though others are paper-pencil.

Wahkiakum School District is using the new Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for Math and English/Language Arts in grades 3-8 and grade 11, while continuing to use the Measure of Student Progress (MSP) in Science for grades 5 and 8.

To learn more about Smarter Balanced, visit Ready Washington Coalition. This website has a variety of videos and pdf's describing Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards, a teachers' blog with their experiences, and parent-friendly handouts and FAQs translated into 6 languages.

You can also learn more about the new Smarter Balanced Assessment at the OSPI Family Resource Page. This page has in-depth information, parent guides, and links about K-12 Learning Standards, Common Core State Standards, the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, practice and training tests, special education testing, graduation requirements, and enrollment options.

Other helpful links on this Family Resources page include FAQs About State Testing, Practice Tests, and the National PTA's Parents' Guides to Student Success.

Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey: October/2018

Logo: WA State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey Our district will be participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey in mid-October.

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

Please read the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) 2018 Parent and Student Notification Letter for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

In 2016, the Healthy Youth Survey was given to Wahkiakum District students in grades 6 - 12. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students' answers are anonymous.

Click to Access the Results of the 2016 HYS Survey - Select Year and County to Access Fact Sheets

Late Start on Thursdays at 9:30am
for Teacher Collaboration: K-12

What is the schedule for "Late Start Thursdays" and how will this benefit our students?

The Wahkiakum School District is committed to improving student achievement. One effective strategy for improvement is providing time for teachers to work together in small groups or Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

For the 2018-2019 school year, Late Start Thursdays began on September 6th. Students in ALL Grades K-12 will start school one hour late at 9:30am on Thursdays (doors open at 9:00am instead of 8:00am), giving teachers 60 minutes each week to collaborate.

This extra hour will allow teachers to work together to:

  • Study and share effective teaching strategies
  • Examine students' testing data and set goals for improved learning
  • Align curriculum with the new common core standards for each course and grade level
  • Analyze student work
  • Create common assessments or tests
  • Identify students who require additional support to meet standards or advanced instruction to move beyond standards

On Thursdays, buses will pick up All students one hour later and K-8 doors will open at 9:05am and HS doors will open at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served and ALL Wahkiakum students will still attend all classes within a shortened school day. This includes the Kindergarten, which is on a full-day schedule.

The goal is to improve student learning through PLCs. We are committed to working together with parents and students to enhance the learning of all students.

If you have any additional questions, please contact contact either the Elementary / Middle School Office, 360-795-3261 or the High School Office, 360-795-3271.

School Closures and Delays

How do I find out if school is delayed or closed?

In the event school is delayed or closed because of bad weather, local radio stations and Portland television stations will be notified as early as possible.

The District will also update our Closure Notice (at the top of this page) and use our School Messenger Calling System to inform families of any inclement weather-related changes.

You can also click on any of the news links in the call-out box at the top of this page.

Remember, no information will be reported if the schools are operating on a regular schedule.

What is the Kindergarten schedule when school is delayed for 1 or 2 hours?

Since the Kindergarten is on a full-day schedule, just like grades 1-12, when school is delayed 1 hour due to weather or for our weekly Teacher Collaboration time on Thursdays, the schedule for the Kindergarten is the same as all other grades, including the bus schedule.

Is breakfast served on late-start days?

Breakfast is served when school starts one hour late, including on 1-hour Late Start Thursdays. However, we do not serve breakfast on a 2-hour late start.

Early Release Policies

What is the Kindergarten schedule on days with a scheduled early release?

On days when we have a scheduled early release at 11:30am, the Kindergarten students are on the same schedule as all other grades 1-12. If you have questions, please contact the Elementary School Office at 360-795-3261 or talk with the Kindergarten teacher.

Forms and Documents

Looking for information and resources related to harrassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) or school safety, in general?   Visit our School Safety Page

High School Graduation Requirements:  Visit our High School & Beyond Page

Click on a link to download a form or document:

K - 8 Student Handbook
Wahkiakum High School Handbook
          Policy 3245: Students and Telecommunications Devices (Revised January/2011)

Required Forms for Participating in Extra Curricular Sports and Athletic Programs:
        Visit the High School and Middle School Athletic Pages

Form:  Annual Notice of Intent to Home-School Your Child/ren
Form:  Authorization to Release Personal Information About a High School Student to Other Entities

Can't find the form you are looking for? Email the District Office or call 360-795-3271 to request a form.


How Can I Register My Child For School or Transfer My Student in the District?
What immunizations does my child need?

Photo: School Bus, Wahkiakum School District #200, Cathlamet, WA Registration (or transferring a student into this District) is easy in Wahkiakum School District.

PLEASE NOTE: Homeless students do NOT need to provide required documents. For more information on enrolling students who are experiencing homelessness, please visit our Homeless Rights and Services Program page or contact our District's Homeless Liaison.

First, download these two forms, fill them out, and get copies of your child's birth certificate and immunization records.
      Registration Form for Grades K-12
      Request for Transfer of Student's Educational Records

Next, use these informational flyers from the CDC to learn more about what immunizations, vaccines or shots your child might need.
      CDC Recommendations for Immunizations for Children from Birth to 6 Years Old
      CDC Recommendations for Immunizations for Children Ages 7 to 18 Years Old
      Or, for more detailed information, visit the CDC's website.

Then, stop by the Elementary/Middle School Office or the High School Office with the completed forms. If you prefer to mail the forms, address them to: Wahkiakum School District, 500 S. 3rd B398, Cathlamet, WA 98612.

Have other registration-related questions? Just email the District Office or call 360-795-3271.

If you want to register students who are eligible for Kindergarten now, stop by the Elementary School office and register between from 9am - 2pm. You'll need a copy of the kindergartener's birth certificate and immunization records.

Download the registration form to fill out at home and learn more about required immunizations for incoming Kindergarteners.

Does the District Offer Student Accident and Health Insurance?

All student athletes are required to have health insurance coverage. For those who do not have it, Wahkiakum School District makes available to parents a relatively low-cost Student Accident and Sickness Coverage for their children.

Families without student athletes are also allowed to purchase this coverage, if they are so inclined. There is however, no requirement on the District's part for student non-athletes to have this coverage.

Forms are available through our student registration process, as well as in both school offices. Feel free to contact your student's school office for more information and/or to pick up the form describing the Student Accident and Health Insurance.

Does the District Offer a Home Schooling Program?

Yes, the District offers an Alternative Learning Option for Home School families for grades K-12, incorporating learning at home with parents as teachers, yet having a connection with our District, which includes having communication and some instructional assistance provided by one of our certificated teachers. For more information, email Cathy Murphy at our K-8 building or call 360-795-3261.

Already a home-school family? Don't forget to complete the Notice of Intent to Home-School Your Children each year and send it in.

How Do I Order More Copies of My Student's School Photos?

Wahkiakum School District works with Bell Studios for all student pictures. They come to our schools and take the school pictures. When the student pictures have been printed, Bell Studios delivers the picture packets to the District for distribution to the students. Included in this packet is a reorder form with a passcode that can be used to order additional photos at the Bell Studios online store.

Bell Studios will also provide the District with a list of the students' passcodes. PLEASE NOTE: To ensure your privacy, Bell Studios will no longer give passcodes over the phone. Any parent/guardian who loses a passcode must come to the School District Office in person. Once the District Office establishes that this person is the parent/guardian who initially received the passcode, the District will give them their passcode.

How Do I Order Copies of My Student's Grades and School Transcripts?

To obtain official transcripts, contact either the High School Office, 360-795-3271, or the Elementary / Middle School Office, 360-795-3261.