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What Tests Does Each State Require?

An Interactive Breakdown of States’ 2016-17 Testing Plans

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In 2016-17, states’ testing systems have begun to settle down after several years of transition sparked by the Common Core State Standards. By now, most states have chosen not to use the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, which were designed to reflect the common core. Under pressure to cut back on testing time, many opted for other, shorter tests, or chose to use the SAT or ACT in high school instead. Get more highlights from the survey in "State Solidarity Still Eroding on Common-Core Tests."




An Overview of States' 2016-17 Testing Plans

Click the button next to each question and scroll down to see results.


What tests are states requiring in 2016-17?
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What tests are states using for federal accountability?
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Which states are using PARCC or Smarter Balanced?
see all 21

Which states are using PARCC or Smarter Balanced only in grades 9 or lower?
see all 7

Which states are using non-consortium tests?
see all 27

Are any states mixing PARCC or Smarter Balanced with their own items?
see all 3

Which states require students to take the SAT or ACT?
see all 25

Which states use the SAT or ACT for federal accountability?
see all 12

Which states require students to pass a test to graduate from high school?
see all 12




All States: Tests Required in 2016-17: Tests Used for Federal Accountability: States Using PARCC or Smarter Balanced: States Using PARCC or Smarter Balanced Only in Grades 9 or Lower: States Using Non-Consortium Tests: States Mixing Their Own Items with PARCC or Smarter Balanced Items: States Requiring the SAT or ACT: States Using the SAT or ACT for Federal Accountability: States Requiring Students to Choose Between the SAT, ACT, or Another Test: States Requiring Students to Pass a Test to Graduate from High School:

















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State 3-8 Test High School Test Exit Exam? Notes
Alabama ACT Aspire ACT Aspire, ACT, WorkKeys none  
Alaska Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools (PEAKS) PEAKS none  
Arizona AzMERIT AzMERIT none  
Arkansas ACT Aspire ACT Aspire none Schools must offer ACT, but students are not required to participate.
California Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC none  
Colorado Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) PARCC, PSAT, SAT none PARCC in grades 3-9.
Connecticut Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SAT none  
Delaware Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) PSAT, SAT none  
District of Columbia Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) PARCC, SAT none  
Florida Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) FSA end-of-course tests FSA Students must pass end-of-course tests.
Georgia Georgia Milestones Georgia Milestones none  
Hawaii Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC, ACT none  
Idaho Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC, SAT/ACT none Students must take 10th grade Smarter Balanced and SAT or ACT.
Illinois Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) SAT none  
Indiana Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) ISTEP+, end-of-course tests ISTEP+ Students must pass end-of-course tests.
Iowa Iowa Assessments Iowa Assessments none  
Kansas Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) KAP none  
Kentucky Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) K-PREP, ACT QualityCore, ACT none  
Louisiana MIX: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) End-of-course tests, ACT End-of-course tests LEAP is a mix of PARCC and Louisiana-designed items. Students must pass end-of-course tests.
Maine Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) SAT none  
Maryland Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) PARCC none  
Massachusetts MIX: "Next Generation" Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) MCAS MCAS "Next gen" MCAS is a mix of PARCC & MCAS items. 10th grade MCAS uses Massachusetts-designed items. Students must pass MCAS.
Michigan MIX: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) PSAT, SAT, WorkKeys none M-STEP is a mix of Smarter Balanced and Michigan-created items.
Minnesota Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) MCA none  
Mississippi Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) MAP, ACT MAP or other exams Students must pass MAP end-of-course tests or substitute ACT scores, dual-enrollment courses, or other tests.
Missouri Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) End-of-course tests, ACT none  
Montana Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) ACT none  
Nebraska Nebraska State Accountablity Tests (NeSA) ACT none  
Nevada Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), end-of-course tests End-of-course tests, ACT none  
New Hampshire Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) SAT none In eight districts, schools give SBAC once in elementary and middle school. In all other grade levels, they use locally designed performance tests, called PACE, and give SAT in 11th grade. In all other districts, schools give SBAC in grades 3-8 and SAT in grade 11.
New Jersey Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) PARCC PARCC or other exams Students must pass PARCC end-of-course tests, or produce threshold scores on ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer, or present a portfolio.
New Mexico Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) PARCC PARCC Students must score at Level 3 on PARCC.
New York New York State Assessments Regents Exams Regents Exams Students must pass Regents Exams.
North Carolina End-of-grade tests End-of-course tests, ACT none  
North Dakota Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC, ACT/WorkKeys none Students must take ACT or WorkKeys; score doesn't affect grades or graduation.
Ohio Ohio State Tests (OST) End-of-course tests, SAT/ACT End-of-course tests or other exams Students must take SAT or ACT. To graduate, they can pass the Ohio Graduation Exams or produce threshold scores on end-of-course-exams, ACT, or SAT.
Oklahoma Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) OSTP none  
Oregon Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC none  
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Keystone Exams none  
Rhode Island Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) PARCC none SAT is offered during the school day, but students are not required to take it.
South Carolina SCReady End-of-course tests, ACT, WorkKeys none  
South Dakota Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC none  
Tennessee TNReady End-of-course tests, ACT/SAT none Students must take ACT or SAT.
Texas State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) STAAR STAAR Students must pass end-of-course tests.
Utah Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) SAGE, ACT none  
Vermont Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC none  
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) SOL SOL Students must pass end-of-course tests or state-board-approved substitute test.
Washington Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC SBAC or other exams Class of 2017 must produce threshold score on SBAC in English/language arts. In math, students must pass SBAC or end-of-course exams.
West Virginia Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) SBAC none  
Wisconsin Wisconsin Forward ACT Aspire, ACT none  
Wyoming Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) ACT Aspire, ACT none  



Design & Visualization: Sumi Bannerjee

Vol. 36, Issue 21, Page 8

Published in Print: February 15, 2017, as What Tests Does Each State Require?
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