Third graders meeting reading and math standards, by race/ethnicity (MSP) in Washington

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Disaggregated data is presented to provide a preliminary understanding of disparities by race and ethnicity. On its own, this data tells a limited story about the populations it represents. We encourage users of this data to engage with communities of color to develop a more accurate and meaningful understanding than these data allow.
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Definitions: The percentage of third graders meeting or exceeding the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) reading and math test standards for the school year, disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The MSP was replaced by the Smarter Balanced tests for English language arts and math grades 3-8 starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

Data Source: Data for this measure come from the Washington State Office of Superintendant of Public Instruction (OSPI). Data were retrieved on May 11, 2015 from the datafiles "MSP/HSPE Scores by State" and "State MSP/HSPE by Subgroup" ( and the Washington State Report Card ( 

Additional data on test scores can be found through The Washington State Education and Research Data Center (ERDC) and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Footnotes: Data last updated in May 2015 by Washington KIDS COUNT. 

The Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) was the state assessment test from 1997 until 2009.  The WASL was replaced by the Measurement for Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) during the 2009-10 school year.  

The MSP tests math and reading in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 4 and 7, and science in grades 5 and 8.  Learn more about the MSP here

The methodologies between the exams are different and therefore historical comparisons between them are not recommended.

To learn more about state assessments in Washington state, see the OSPI website here: