Washoe Country School District

August 22, 2014

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The Nevada High School Proficiency Examination (NHSPE) is administered to students enrolled in Nevada public and state charter schools. The HSPE consists of the Math, Reading, Science and Writing tests. To be eligible for a standard or advanced Nevada high school diploma, students in graduating classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 must pass all subject areas of the high school proficiency examination and otherwise satisfy the requirements for graduation from high school (NRS 389.805).  

2013-2014 Nevada HSPE Informational Brochure  (English)  (Spanish)

HSPE Test Administration Calendar

  July 7-11, 2014
  October 20-24, 2014
  March 2-6, 2015
  April 27-29, 2015
  July 6-10, 2015
  Grades 12 & Adult Retest (grad-ready)
  Grades 11, 12 & Adult Retest (all eligible)
  Grades 11, 12 & Adult Retest (all eligible)
  Grades 12 & Adult Retest (grad-ready)
  Grades 12 & Adult Retest (grad-ready)

   > Contact your school counselor to determine eligibilty and to sign-up to test.

Test Resources

 • Nevada Department of Education ~ HSPE Resources
 • Math > NHSPE - Southern Nevada RPDP (rpdp.net)
   -  NV HSPE Practice Exams ~ Mathematics - videos for use with Spring 2011 CCSD Practice NHSPE
   -  NV HSPE Instructional Materials~Mathematics ©2009
 • Reading (ELA) > NHSPE - Southern Nevada RPDP (rpdp.net)
   -  NV HSPE Instructional Materials~Reading ©2009
 • Science > NHSPE - Southern Nevada RPDP (rpdp.net)
   -  NV HSPE Instructional Materials~Science ©2009 

 • Writing (ELA) > NHSPE - Southern Nevada RPDP - State Writing Assessments (rpdp.net)
   -  NV Writing Proficiency Examination Holistic Rubric ©2000

Remedial Study/Remediation
Learn Online! There are a number of resources available online to help students learn and review skills and content for multiple subjects. Keep in mind that all instructional resources do not align directly with standards taught and assessed as part of the NV HSPE assessment series. Aside from those listed above, try...
♦  Khan Academy  (a not-for-profit organization with a goal of providing free access to quality education materials and resources in multiple subjects - math, science, humanities and finance).

Nevada state law requires that a student who needs to take one or more tests as an adult, must furnish the state or district institution administering the examination evidence of completion of appropriate remedial study. The remedial study must have been completed since the last attempt at the test. See Nevada Revised Statute.

Information for Adult and Home-Schooled Students

 • 2013-2014 HSPE Information for Adult and Home-Schooled Students (pdf)
 • High School Graduation Requirements 
 • Millennium Scholarship

Adult Education Program, Washoe County School District
The Adult Education Program in Washoe County offers teacher-taught and online preparatory courses for adult students who have not yet passed all sections of the NHSPE. Contact the Adult Education Program (also known as Washoe Adult Education, housed at Washoe Innovations High School) at least 6 weeks before the test date to set up an appointment with a counselor and register for classes and the NHSPE administration.

     Washoe Adult Education (Washoe Innovations High School building)
       777 West 2nd Street
       Reno, NV 89503
       (775) 333-5020


Adult students who are enrolled in preparation or remediation courses through local colleges or the university, are doing independent study, or working with a tutor/tutoring program should contact the Washoe County School District Assessment Department to discuss options for participation in the NHSPE administration.

HSPE Registration Forms - Home Schooled Students / Students in Unique Circumstances
The WCSD Assessment Department provides opportunities for home schooled students in grade 12/senior year, and non-WCSD adult students to participate in the WCSD administration of the NHSPE. Interested students must register to test and complete appropriate remediation prior to participating. Please select and submit the appropriate form to the WCSD Assessment Department at least 30 days prior to the week of testing. Adult students enrolled with Washoe Adult Education do not complete this form and should contact their counselor for more information.
 • Home Schooled/Special Circumstances Student HSPE Registration (fillable-pdf)
 • Adult Students HSPE Registration (fillable-pdf)


Send questions to: AssessmentSupport@washoeschools.net