Before purchasing test preparation/study guide materials for the WEST-B or WEST-E tests sold by third party vendors, be certain the test codes indicated on the materials match the codes for WEST-B and WEST-E tests. Some materials say, "WEST-B Health/Fitness" or "WEST-E Biology" but use the test codes for Praxis II tests. Those materials may not be fully aligned with the WEST-B or WEST-E tests. 

Educator assessment requirements for Washington State

The assessment department of the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) manages all mandated educator assessments. The Washington State Legislature directed the PESB to establish the educator assessment system, including: 

  • The WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test Basic), an assessment of basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing.

  • WEST-B alternatives:  
    • SAT and ACT scores may be substituted for WEST-B passing scores.
    • General Knowledge Test
    • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)
    • Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)
    • Massechusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
    • Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) - Basic Skills
    • Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET)
    • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
    • Texas - Higher Education Assessment (THEA)

  • The WEST-E(Washington Educator Skills Tests Endorsements), an assessment of content knowledge required for an endorsement.

  • PPA(Performance-Based Pedagogy Assessment)  an assessment for certified teachers adding an endorsement via pathway 2 (for some institutions, pathway 3 as well).

  • Praxis II, an assessment for those seeking certification in School Psychologist, and School Counselor.

  • ProTeach Portfolio, an online electronic portfolio assessment teachers complete to earn the professional certificate, a mandated second tier license. 

  • ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), an assessment for those seeking endorsements in Bilingual Education and designated world languages.

  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment), an online electronic portfolio assessment preservice candidates complete during student teaching.