• Biology
    For the 2016-2017 school year, eligible students can submit Biology COE collections during two windows:
    • January 9 - 25, 2017
    • May 17, 2017 - June 7, 2017


    The Biology COE is a state-approved Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) option for the state high school Biology End-of-Course (EOC) Exam. The COE is one of several alternatives a student can use to meet the requirements for graduation.

    Biology tasks used in developing a collection of evidence are aligned to the Washington State 2009 K-12 Science Learning Standards, the same content standards as the End-of-Course (EOC) Exam for Biology. Each task contains constructed response questions that assess what a student knows and can do with respect to the content standards.

    The COE is administered through the online COE testing system. Like the EOC, the COE is administered under the direction and supervision of an educator.

    Eligibility to Work On and Submit a Biology COE

    The Biology COE is available to all students in the class of 2017 and beyond who need an alternative to meet the science assessment graduation requirement. However, students who submit a Biology COE must have attempted the Biology EOC exam at least once.

    Students may submit subsequent Biology COEs until they meet standard or turn 21, whichever comes first.

    Teacher Assistance on the Biology COE

    For all COE tasks, just as with the EOC exams, no teacher assistance is allowed during testing. Appropriate teacher assistance is teaching the Washington State 2009 K-12 Science Learning Standards, which prepares students to take the COE assessment, just as teachers prepare students for the EOC exam.

    For the Biology COE, it is expected that teachers will assist with concept development but not:
    • teach directly to any particular task from the Task Bank 
    • use any part of a task from the Task Bank to illustrate a point 
    • replicate any task from the Task Bank in part or in its entirety 
    All responses, whether on extended-time tasks or on-demand tasks, must be the work of the individual student in a secure and proctored testing environment.
    The most recent trainings are on the COE trainings page.


    The Biology Collection of Evidence Moodle is available for teachers. In addition to the information on these webpages, teachers can find success stories shared by other teachers, along with links to the Biology Test and Item Specifications and Performance Level Descriptors. Teachers may also join the Biology COE forum and share information about pedagogy, discuss lessons, and develop a sense of community while guiding students through the Biology COE.


    To submit collections for your students, go to the COE Submission Overview section.
    Learn about subsequent submissions for all three COEs in the COE Policies section.
    More about subsequent submissions for the Biology COE is on the Scoring the Biology COE page.