NES replacement for WEST-E 

At the March 2013 Board meeting, the members selected the National Evaluation Series (NES) as the assessment to be used for the newly adopted endorsement competencies affected by the Common Core Standards for Students (CCSS). The following WEST-E tests will be affected by the Board's adoption of the NES and will be administered beginning September 3, 2014:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Secondary English Language Arts
  • Secondary Mathematics
The endorsement timeline chart shows when other endorsement competencies will be updated and transition to the NES.

*In cases where a candidate has attempted one or both subtests on the WEST-E Elementary Education exam but has only passed one subtest by Aug. 31, 2014, then the candidate may take the equivalent subtest on the NES Elementary Education exam to meet the content knowledge skills requirement. WAC 181-02-003

WEST-E Elementary Education exam

Equivalent NES Elementary Education exam

Subtest 1 (Math, Science, Health/Fitness)

Subtest 2 (Math, Science, Art/Health/Fitness)

Subtest 2  (English Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts)

Subtest 1 (English Language Arts, Social Studies)

Candidates may access and use test preparation materials to begin to prepare for the NES exams. For more information please visit the NES website. Find "Preparation Materials" label to explore test prep.  Washington state specific website will be available September 3, 2014.  For information on the NES and passing scores please visit: NES Information