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State Tests

Common Core and State testing programs vary by state.

State Achievement Tests are tests that measure your child’s knowledge and understanding of academic content (i.e. math, reading, English, science, social studies). Students in each grade typically take the same test under the same conditions (i.e. time limits, directions, and testing formats are the same).

These tests are given each year in public elementary and secondary school across the country. By law, schools must administer Achievement Tests or they will not receive federal funding. In addition to federally mandated tests, many school districts give their own proficiency assessments based on local standards.

School Districts in most states are currently transitioning from their own state-based curriculum and Achievement Tests to a new kindergarten – 12thgrade curriculum and assessment program based on “Common Core Standards.” The standards and tests that accompany them are more rigorous and demand a higher level of critical thinking than ever before.

The “Common Core” initiative began in 2009 to bring all those different state curricula into alignment with each other. State educators (in all but five states) have agreed upon a tougher set of curriculum standards that students across the country should know and be able to do. The goal is to ensure that every child gets a high quality education no matter where they live.

Click below to read more about State Testing:

Alabama

ACT Aspire

Alaska

Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP)

Alaska Science Assessment

Arizona

Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT)

Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Science

California

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System (this is how parents usually refer to the test when they call) The CAASP consists of the Smarter Balanced Assessment  for Math and ELA. There is also the California Science Test (CAST)for grades 5 and 8.

Colorado

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Connecticut

Connecticut Smarter Balanced

CMT/CAPT Science assessment

Delaware

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

District of Columbia

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

DC Science Assessment

Florida

Florida Standards Assessment

Georgia

Georgia Milestones Assessment

Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

Hawaii

Smarter Balanced Assessment

HSA Science Assessment

Idaho

Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

Illinois

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Test

Chicago CPS – Classical School Program and Regional Gifted Program

Indiana

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+)

Iowa

Iowa Assessments

Kansas

Kansas Assessment Program

Kentucky

Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-Prep)

Louisiana

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program Test (LEAP)

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Maine

Maine Educational Assessments (MEA)

Maryland

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Comprehensiveness Assessment System 2.0

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Michigan

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Minnesota

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

Mississippi

Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP)

Mississippi Science Test (MST2)

Missouri

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments

Montana

Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS)

Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Nebraska

Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) test

Nevada

Smarter Balanced Assessments

New Hampshire

Smarter Balanced Assessments

Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE)

New Jersey

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) Science Assessment

New Mexico

New Mexico’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

New York

New York State Testing Program

North Carolina

End-of-Grade (EOG)

North Dakota

North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA)

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Ohio

Ohio State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies

Oklahoma

Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP)

Oregon

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Tests (PSSA)

Rhode Island

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

South Carolina

South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY)

South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) Science and Social Studies

South Dakota

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

Tennessee

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)  Please note: as of spring 2016, state testing in Tennessee has been suspended for grades 3-8.   TNREADY

Texas

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Test

Utah

Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE)

Vermont

Vermont Common Assessment System (CAS)

Smarter Balanced Assessments

New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

Virginia

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests

Washington

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program

Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

West Virginia

West Virginia General Summative Assessment

WestTest

Smarter Balanced Assessments

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Forward Exam

Wyoming

Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS)

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