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The Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP) is a maturing and stable program. In 2016-17 it included: (1) Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts (ELA) and math for students in grades 3-8 and high school; (2) Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science for grades 5 and 8; (3) End-of-Course exams in math and biology; and (4) Specialized testing for English proficiency, alternate achievement standards, and graduation alternatives. Spring 2017 represented the third year of Smarter Balanced testing. In spring 2017, a total of 580,276 students took the ELA tests and 558,631 students took the math tests. Students with significant cognitive challenges can take an alternate assessment, the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM). In spring 2017, about 6,000 students took the WA-AIM. Washington is part of a consortium that developed the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21). Students took it for the second time during the 2016-17 school year. In winter 2017, 129,709 students took the ELPA21. Washington adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in October 2013, and they are called the Science K-12 Learning Standards. The new test, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), will begin in spring 2018 and will test students in grades 5, 8, and 11. WaKIDS is a whole-child assessment where kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities. About 4,000 teachers from 292 districts completed the fall 2016 assessment for 78,000 kindergartners. Costs for 2016-17 were lower than projected due to fewer students than anticipated participating in the graduation alternatives. Costs for 2017-18 are projected to drop further as ESHB 2224 and other previous legislations have eliminated specific graduation alternatives, specifically Collection of Evidence.