List of state achievement tests in the United States

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State achievement tests in the United States are standardized tests required in American public schools in order for the schools to receive federal funding, according to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, in US Public Law 107-110, and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Tests by state[edit]

The following standardized tests are designed and/or administered by state education agencies and/or local school districts in order to measure academic achievement across multiple grade levels in elementary, middle and senior high school, as well as for high school graduation examinations to measure proficiency for high school graduation. Nebraska is the only state that does not have a standardized test.

StateAdministrating agencyTest nameAlso called...SourceAvailable in languages other than English
AlabamaAlabama State Department of EducationAlabama High School Graduation Exam
Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test
AlaskaAlaska Department of Education and Early DevelopmentHigh School Graduation Qualifying Examination
Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP)

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ArizonaArizona Department of EducationArizona's Instrument to Measure Standards
Arizona’s English Language Learner Assessment
National Assessment of Educational Progress
ArkansasArkansas Department of EducationAugmented Benchmark Examinations[4]
CaliforniaCalifornia Department of EducationStandardized Testing and Reporting
California High School Exit Exam
ColoradoColorado Department of EducationColorado Student Assessment ProgramCSAP[7]Yes
ConnecticutConnecticut Department of EducationConnecticut Academic Performance Test
Connecticut Mastery Test
DelawareDelaware Department of EducationDelaware Comprehensive Assessment SystemDCAS
District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia Public SchoolsDC Comprehensive Assessment SystemDC-CAS
FloridaFlorida Department of EducationFlorida Comprehensive Assessment TestFCAT
GeorgiaGeorgia Department of EducationCriterion-Referenced Competency Tests
End-Of-Course Tests
Georgia High School Graduation Test
Georgia Alternate Assessment
Georgia Writings Assessments
HawaiiHawaii Department of EducationHawaii State Assessment
Hawaii State Alternative Assessment
IdahoIdaho State Department of EducationIdaho Standards Achievement TestI-SAT[8]
IllinoisIllinois State Board of EducationIllinois Standards Achievement Test[9]
Prairie State Achievement Examination
IndianaIndiana Department of EducationIndiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-PlusI-STEP+
IowaIowa Department of EducationIowa Test of Basic Skills
Iowa Tests of Educational Development
KansasKansas Department of EducationKansas Mathematics Assessment
Kansas Reading Assessment
Kansas Writing Assessment
Kansas Science Assessment
Kansas History, Government, Economics and Geography Assessment
KentuckyKentucky Department of EducationCommonwealth Accountability Testing SystemCATS
LouisianaLouisiana Department of EducationLouisiana Educational Assessment Program
Integrated LEAP
Graduate Exit Examination
MaineMaine Department of EducationMaine Educational Assessment
Maine High School Assessment
MarylandMaryland Department of EducationMaryland School Assessment
High School Assessment
MassachusettsMassachusetts Department of EducationMassachusetts Comprehensive Assessment SystemMCAS[14]
MichiganMichigan Department of EducationMichigan Educational Assessment Program
Michigan Merit Exam
MinnesotaMinnesota Department of EducationMinnesota Comprehensive Assessments—Series IIMCA-II
MississippiMississippi Department of EducationMississippi Functional Literacy Exam
Mississippi Curriculum Test
MissouriMissouri Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationMissouri Assessment ProgramMAP
MontanaMontana Office of Public InstructionMontana Comprehensive Assessment SystemMontCAS[16]
NebraskaNebraska Department of Education
NevadaNevada Department of EducationNevada Proficiency Examination ProgramNPEP[17]
New HampshireNew Hampshire Department of EducationNew England Common Assessment ProgramNECAP[18]
New JerseyNew Jersey Department of EducationNew Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge
Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment
High School Proficiency Assessment
New MexicoNew Mexico Public Education DepartmentNew Mexico Standards-based assessment
New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessment
New YorkNew York State Department of EducationRegents Examinations

Math and English Language Arts Performance Assessment

North CarolinaNorth Carolina Department of Public InstructionNorth Carolina End of Grade Tests (Grades 3-8)
End of Course Tests (Grades 9-12)
North DakotaNorth Dakota Department of Public InstructionNorth Dakota State Assessment[20]
OhioOhio State Board of EducationOhio Achievement Assessment
Ohio Graduation Test
OklahomaOklahoma State Department of EducationOklahoma Core Curriculum TestsOCCT[22]
OregonOregon Department of EducationOregon Assessment of Knowledge and SkillsOAKS[23]
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Department of EducationPennsylvania System of School Assessment
Pennsylvania Alternate School Assessment
Keystone Exam
Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationNew England Common Assessment ProgramNECAP[24]
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Department of EducationPalmetto Assessment of State Standards (Grades 3-8)
High School Assessment Program (Grades 9-12)
South DakotaSouth Dakota Department of EducationSouth Dakota State Test of Educational ProgressDSTEP
TennesseeTennessee State Department of EducationTennessee Comprehensive Assessment ProgramTCAP
TexasTexas Education AgencyState of Texas Assessments of Academic ReadinessSTAAR
UtahUtah State Office of EducationUtah Test of Basic Skills
Utah Tests of Educational Development
VermontVermont Department of EducationNew England Common Assessment ProgramNECAP[26]
VirginiaVirginia Department of EducationStandards of LearningSOL
WashingtonWashington State Office of Superintendent of Public InstructionWashington Assessment of Student LearningWASL
West VirginiaWest Virginia Department of EducationWest Virginia Educational Standards TestWESTEST[27]
WisconsinWisconsin Department of Public InstructionWisconsin Knowledge and Concepts ExaminationWKCE
WyomingWyoming Department of EducationProficiency Assessments for Wyoming StudentsPAWS[28]

Additional tests[edit]

In addition to the following list some states administer other required examinations. They include Nevada, which administers several tests as part of the Nevada Proficiency Examination Program. They include the High School Proficiency Examination for Reading and Mathematics; the Iowa Test of Basic Skills; Iowa Tests of Educational Development; Criterion-referenced tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Science; Language Proficiency Assessment; Nevada Alternate Scales of Academic Achievement; and National Assessment of Educational Progress. The Prairie State Achievement Exam is used in Illinois, along with the [9] Illinois State Achievement Test. Alabama requires the Stanford Achievement Test Series; and in Texas, the Texas Higher Education Assessment. That state has discontinued its usage of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. Since the 2007–08 school year, Kentucky has required that all students at public high schools take the ACT in their junior year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alabama State Department of Education
  2. ^ Education & Early Development, Alaska Department of. "EED - Alaska Assessments". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Education, Arkansas Department of (2006–2008). "Arkansas Department of Education – Testing". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ California Department of Education
  6. ^ STaR Program Website (accessed 4 Aug. 2013)
  7. ^
  8. ^ (nd) [1] webpage. Retrieved 6/24/07
  9. ^ a b (nd) ISAT webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  10. ^ PSAE webpage. Retrieved 01/02/08
  11. ^ Education, Kansas State Department of (2008-06-19). "Assessments". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  12. ^ Education, Maine Department of (2009-02-06). "Maine Education - MEA". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  13. ^ Education, Maine Department of (2007). "Maine Education - MHSA:Maine High School Assessment". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System: Overview". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Education, Mississippi Department of (2007). "Mississippi Curriculum Test Interpretive Guide for Teachers and Administrators" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  16. ^ Education, Montana Department of (2009-04-22). "Asessment-MontCAS". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  17. ^ Nevada Department of Education
  18. ^ Education, New Hampshire Department of (2009-04-08). "NH Department of Education - About Us". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  19. ^ (nd) NMSBA webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  20. ^ Education, North Dakota Department of. "Important Assessment Information". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  21. ^ (nd) OAT webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  22. ^ Merit Software: The Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) website (accessed July 1, 2007)
  23. ^ Education, Oregon Department of (1998–2009). "Assessment/Testing - Oregon Department of Education". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  24. ^ Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island Department of (2006). "Office of Assessment and Accountability". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  25. ^ Utah State Office of Education -- Assessment
  26. ^ Education, Vermont Department of (2009-04-14). "Programs & Services: Assessment". Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  27. ^ West Virginia Department of Education official website. Retrieved 4/1/08.
  28. ^ Education, Wyoming Department of. "PAWS Homepage". Retrieved 2009-04-27.