Student Assessments

States define the means by which students’ academic achievements are measured. These student assessments must meet federal guidelines, with results reported publicly for accountability purposes. These assessments enable states to report individual student, school, district, and state levels of attainment of the content standards.  

  

In November 2010, Alabama adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) along with selected Alabama standards.

In the 2013-14 school year, Alabama began rolling out new assessments aligned to the CCRS. The new assessments are being used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and, ultimately, how ready students are for college and further career education and training.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards .The Alabama State Board of Education shall choose 
the tests to be used, grades to be administered, and when chosen tests shall be administered.

In the 2013-14 school year, Alabama will begin rolling out new assessments aligned to the CCRS. The new assessments are being used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and, ultimately, how ready students are for college and further career education and training.

The Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assesses English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-10.

The commissioner shall develop a statewide student assessment system composed of multiple indicators.

The Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assesses English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-10.

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students.

Arizona State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

In November 2014, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, AzMERIT, for Arizona students.

The Arizona Science Standard adopted in 2004 is the current science standard. Instruction should be aligned to this standard during 2015-16 and all subsequent school years until the State Board of Education adopts new science standards.

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment. Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.

Arkansas State Code § 6-11-105 - Powers and duties articulates State Board of Education shall have general supervision of the public schools of the state; recommend courses of study for the public schools and teacher training institutions; issue certificates based upon credentials presented by applicants for certificates to teach in the public schools of the state.

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment. Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.

Arkansas law requires that all public school students shall participate in a statewide program of educational assessments per Ark. Code Ann. §§ 6-15-419, 6-15-433, 6-15-2009. The Arkansas State Board of Education has adopted the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2015-16 school year.

The ACT Aspire end-of-year summative assessment will be used to assess all Arkansas public school students in grades 3-10 unless they qualify for an alternate assessment. Each student will participate in English, reading, writing, math and science tests.

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments.

The California State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

On January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. This includes Smarter Balanced Assessments for Mathematics.

On September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve as required by California Education Code Section 60605.85. The NGSS Appendices A–M also were adopted to assist teachers in the implementation of the new science standards and to aid in the development of the new science curriculum framework. The California Department of Education is developing assessments based on the NGSS.

Colorado was mandated to adopt PARCC under state law, ELA assessments in grades 3-11, mathematics assessments in grades 3-8, with three high school assessments, PARCC (2010)

The Colorado State Board has full authority to adopt assessments.

Colorado was mandated to adopt PARCC under state law, ELA assessments in grades 3-11, mathematics assessments in grades 3-8, with three high school assessments, PARCC (2010)

Connecticut adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment, and also has the Connecticut Mastery test which is a standard assessment for grades 3-8 in reading, math, writing, and science; and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test for grade 10 in reading, math, writing, and science.

The Connecticut State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Connecticut adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment, and also has the Connecticut Mastery test which is a standard assessment for grades 3-8 in reading, math, writing, and science; and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test for grade 10 in reading, math, writing, and science.

Connecticut adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment, and also has the Connecticut Mastery test which is a standard assessment for grades 3-8 in reading, math, writing, and science; and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test for grade 10 in reading, math, writing, and science.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010.

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) (Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science) (covers elementary and high school; End of Course (Math, History, Biology) (high School)Smarter Balanced (2010)

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010. Delaware has the Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) which measures learning in reading, math, social studies, and science in elementary and high school. There is also math, history, and biology end of course exams for high school students.

Delaware adopted the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2010. Delaware has the Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) which measures learning in reading, math, social studies, and science in elementary and high school. There is also math, history, and biology end of course exams for high school students.

PARCC is required to be administered for grades 3-8 and English 2 (typically 10th grade).

The DC State Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Students in grades 3–10 take the English Language Arts FSA.

The Florida Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments under the direction and supervision of the Commissioner of Education.

Florida opted to not adopt PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. Students in grades 3–8 take the Mathematics FSA.

Florida opted to not adopt PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. Instead, they have the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) which tests math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3 through 11. There is also the Florida End-of-Course (EOC) exam which began in the 2010-2011 school years for Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, US History, and Civics.

Florida opted to not adopt PARCC or Smarter Balanced assessments. Instead, they have the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) which tests math, reading, science, and writing in grades 3 through 11. There is also the Florida End-of-Course (EOC) exam which began in the 2010-2011 school years for Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, US History, and Civics.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (3-8 for Science, ELA, and Math), End of Course Tests, Georgia High School Graduation Test (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA), GAA (Alternative assessment), Writing Assessments

The Georgia State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (3-8 for Science, ELA, and Math), End of Course Tests, Georgia High School Graduation Test (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA), GAA (Alternative assessment), Writing Assessments

Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (3-8 for Science, ELA, and Math), End of Course Tests, Georgia High School Graduation Test (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA), GAA (Alternative assessment), Writing Assessments

Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (3-8 for Science, ELA, and Math), End of Course Tests, Georgia High School Graduation Test (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA), GAA (Alternative assessment), Writing Assessments

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

The Hawaii State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Students in grades 4, and 8, and high school students enrolled in Biology I also take the HSA in Science. The Biology I assessment is an End-of-Course exam administered during the final three (3) weeks of the course.

The Idaho State Department of Education is preparing to administer new assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards during the 2014-2015 school year.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Idaho State Department of Education is preparing to administer new assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards during the 2014-2015 school year.

Idaho is a governing member of the SBAC. Idaho also has the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISATS) which is administered to students in grades 3-10 in reading, language usage, and mathematics. It also assesses science skills in grades 5, 7, and 10, and End of Course assessments in biology and chemistry for high school students.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level and at high school according to course enrollment.

The Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level and at high school according to course enrollment.

Illinois is a governing member of PARCC and is currently implementing new examinations (2014-2015 SY). There is the Illinois Standards Achievement Test for reading, and math in grades 3 through 8 and science for grades 4 and 7. There is also the Prairie State Achievement Examination for grade 11 in reading, math, science, and writing.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

The Indiana State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Indiana dropped the PARCC assessment in 2013. They currently have the Acuity test for grades 3 through 8, and also tests in Algebra 1 and English 10; the End of Course Assessments for Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1; the IMAST for grades 3 through 8; IREAD for K through 3; the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting in ELA, math, science, social studies for grades 3 through 8 and high school; and the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

State Assessments: Iowa uses the Iowa Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 as our annual statewide assessment. The following Iowa Testing Programs subtests were originally used by districts for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading Comprehension for Reading (now Reading – given in 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Mathematics (now called Math – 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Analysis of Science Materials for Science (now just called Science)
Beginning in 2011-12, Iowa will use the following Iowa Assessments for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematics (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Science

The Iowa State Board has the authority to adopt assessments.

State Assessments: Iowa uses the Iowa Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 as our annual statewide assessment. The following Iowa Testing Programs subtests were originally used by districts for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading Comprehension for Reading (now Reading – given in 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Mathematics (now called Math – 2 parts for 3-8 grades and 1 test for grade 11)
Analysis of Science Materials for Science (now just called Science)
Beginning in 2011-12, Iowa will use the following Iowa Assessments for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:

Reading (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Mathematics (2 parts for grades 3-8 and 1 test for grade 11)
Science

Iowa is a participating member of SBAC, and has required individual district testing

The assessments that are required are: Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) (ELA) or the Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment for non-native speakers.

The Kansas State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) (Math) is required.

The Kansas Assessment Program includes a variety of tests aligned to Kansas' content standards, including tests in ELA, math, science, social studies, science, and a test for non-native English speakers

The Kansas Assessment Program includes a variety of tests aligned to Kansas' content standards, including tests in ELA, math, science, social studies, science, and a test for non-native English speakers

The assessments that are required are: End of Course English 2, Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (grades 3-8), and ACT Explore (8th grade), ACT Plan (10th grade), and ACT (11th grade).

The Kentucky Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. These tests today include the End of Course exam for English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and US History, in addition to the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. These tests today include the End of Course exam for English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and US History, in addition to the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Beginning in 1990, Kentucky chose to have an all-inclusive assessment and accountability system by having all Kentucky public school students participate in annual testing with the results of those assessments included in the state’s accountability system for schools and districts. These tests today include the End of Course exam for English 2, Algebra 2, Biology, and US History, in addition to the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress in grades 3 through 8.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

Louisiana is aligning assessments to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. In Spring 2014, students will take new writing and math tests. The writing assessment will require students to read one or two passages and use facts in the text to support their essay. In math, students will be asked to demonstrate skills in earlier grades. Assessments in grades 3-8 will be fully aligned to Common Core State Standards in 2014-2015.

Starting in the spring of 2015, Maine will use the Maine Educational Assessment in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, as its annual statewide assessment.

The Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per state law but must collaborate with the State Board of Education.

Starting in the spring of 2015, Maine will use the Maine Educational Assessment in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, as its annual statewide assessment.

Starting in the spring of 2015, Maine will use the Maine Educational Assessment in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, as its annual statewide assessment.

The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The test is given each year in reading, science, and math at grades 3 through 8.

The Maryland State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per Title 13a of Maryland state code.

The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The test is given each year in reading, science, and math at grades 3 through 8.

The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The test is given each year in reading, science, and math at grades 3 through 8.

For the 2015-2016 school year, districts in Massachusetts have the option of administering the ELA MCAS tests or the ELA/L PARCC tests for grades 3-8. High school students take the MCAS tests. All English language learners in grades K-12 are required to take ACCESS for ELLs.

The Massachusetts State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per state law.

For the 2015-2016 school year, districts in Massachusetts have the option of administering the MCAS tests or PARCC tests for Mathematics in grades 3-8. High school students take the MCAS tests. All English language learners in grades K-12 are required to take ACCESS for ELLs.

In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to develop new, one-year-only summative tests for spring 2015. These tests were designed to replace the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests and the Michigan developed components of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME). However, the notification in June 2014 meant that the MDE had to condense a normal three-year test development process into just nine months. The department has worked hard to accomplish this task and is excited about delivering its new M-STEP assessments this spring.

Michigan Department of Education develops, implements, administers and scores exams.

In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education to develop a new test for spring 2015.The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) will include the state's summative assessments. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

In June 2014, the Michigan Legislature required the Michigan Department of Education to develop a new test for spring 2015.The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) will include the state's summative assessments. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

The Minnesota Commissioner of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment, Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS), are the statewide tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MTAS.

Mississippi Curriculum Test (Grades 3-8), Mississippi Science Test (Science, 5&8), Subject Area Testing Program (Graduation Exam, Algebra 1, Biology 1, US History and English 2), Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System, PARCC (2010)

The Mississippi State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Mississippi Curriculum Test (Grades 3-8), Mississippi Science Test (Science, 5&8), Subject Area Testing Program (Graduation Exam, Algebra 1, Biology 1, US History and English 2), Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System, PARCC (2010)

Mississippi Curriculum Test (Grades 3-8), Mississippi Science Test (Science, 5&8), Subject Area Testing Program (Graduation Exam, Algebra 1, Biology 1, US History and English 2), Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support System, PARCC (2010)

ACCESS for ELLs, Missouri Assessment Program (Alternative Test), Grade-Level Assessments, End of Course Exams, Smarter Balanced

The Missouri State Board of Education shall adopt an assessment system.

ACCESS for ELLs, Missouri Assessment Program (Alternative Test), Grade-Level Assessments, End of Course Exams, Smarter Balanced

ACCESS for ELLs, Missouri Assessment Program (Alternative Test), Grade-Level Assessments, End of Course Exams, Smarter Balanced

ACCESS for ELLs, Missouri Assessment Program (Alternative Test), Grade-Level Assessments, End of Course Exams, Smarter Balanced

Smarter Balanced, ELA and Math, 3-8 and 11, Alternate CRT, Grades 3-8, 10, Reading and math. Grades 4,8, 10 Science.

The Montana Board of Public Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The assessments that are required are: Smarter Balanced, ELA and Math, 3-8 and 11, Alternate CRT, Grades 3-8, 10, Reading and math. Grades 4,8, 10 Science.

Smarter Balanced, ELA and Math, 3-8 and 11, Alternate CRT, Grades 3-8, 10, Reading and math. Grades 4,8, 10 Science.

Nebraska State Accountability - NeSA - includes all state tests: NeSA-W (Writing), NeSA-R (Reading), NeSA-M (Mathematics), NeSA-S (Science), NeSA-AA (Alternate Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science) ELDA (English Language Development Assessment).

The Nebraska State Board of Education and the commissioner share authority to adopt assessments.

Nebraska State Accountability - NeSA - includes all state tests: NeSA-W (Writing), NeSA-R (Reading), NeSA-M (Mathematics), NeSA-S (Science), NeSA-AA (Alternate Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science) ELDA (English Language Development Assessment).

Nebraska State Accountability - NeSA - includes all state tests: NeSA-W (Writing), NeSA-R (Reading), NeSA-M (Mathematics), NeSA-S (Science), NeSA-AA (Alternate Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science) ELDA (English Language Development Assessment).

Beginning in school year 2014-15, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Nevada Criterion Referenced Test in Reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. The assessments are comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) performance tasks, administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades 3 through 8.

The Nevada State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Beginning in school year 2014-15, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Nevada Criterion Referenced Test in Reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. The assessments are comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) performance tasks, administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades 3 through 8.

Beginning in school year 2014-15, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace the Nevada Criterion Referenced Test in Reading and mathematics for grades 3-8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. The assessments are comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) performance tasks, administered within a 12-week window in Nevada for grades 3 through 8.

The Bureau of Accountability and Assessment creates assessments.

In the 2014-15 school year, New Hampshire will begin rolling out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments -- the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. New Jersey has been transitioning the NJ ASK to measure the CCSS over the past three years to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for PARCC, which will measure the CCSS in the spring of 2015.

The New Jersey Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments -- the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. New Jersey has been transitioning the NJ ASK to measure the CCSS over the past three years to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for PARCC, which will measure the CCSS in the spring of 2015.

PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. In 2014-2015, the PARCC assessments will replace the existing statewide assessments -- the NJASK in grades 3-8 and HSPA in high school. New Jersey has been transitioning the NJ ASK to measure the CCSS over the past three years to provide local districts and schools the time necessary to shift practices and prepare students and educators for PARCC, which will measure the CCSS in the spring of 2015.

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

Department of Education, under the authority of the Commissioner of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

The Office of State Assessment (OSA) is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP). These examinations are administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 enrolled in public, nonpublic, and charter schools throughout the State.

The Board of Education and Commissioner share authority over the adoption of assessments.

The Office of State Assessment (OSA) is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP). These examinations are administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 enrolled in public, nonpublic, and charter schools throughout the State.

The Office of State Assessment (OSA) is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP). These examinations are administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 enrolled in public, nonpublic, and charter schools throughout the State.

The Office of State Assessment (OSA) is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP). These examinations are administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 enrolled in public, nonpublic, and charter schools throughout the State.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The North Carolina State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in K-12 Mathematics released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. NCEXTEND2 alternate assessments will no longer be available effective with the 2014-15 school year.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina.The Essential Standards includes the standards for the newly adopted curriculum in the following areas: English as a Second Language, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Arts Education and Healthful Living. NCEXTEND2 alternate assessments will no longer be available effective with the 2014-15 school year.

The Essential Standards includes the standards for the newly adopted curriculum in the following areas: English as a Second Language, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Arts Education and Healthful Living. NCEXTEND2 alternate assessments will no longer be available effective with the 2014-15 school year.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), beginning in 2014-15, and extending for the next couple years will be administered in two parts: 1.) Science in grades 4, 8, and 11 during the fall, and 2.) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 during the spring. Beginning in 2014-15, the NDSA, English language arts and mathematics assessments will be based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s model, a multi-state effort to design meaningful performance based assessments.

The North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction has full authority to adopt assessments.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), beginning in 2014-15, and extending for the next couple years will be administered in two parts: 1.) Science in grades 4, 8, and 11 during the fall, and 2.) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 during the spring. Beginning in 2014-15, the NDSA, English language arts and mathematics assessments will be based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s model, a multi-state effort to design meaningful performance based assessments.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), beginning in 2014-15, and extending for the next couple years will be administered in two parts: 1.) Science in grades 4, 8, and 11 during the fall, and 2.) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 during the spring.

The Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Assessments are annual tests that measure how well students have learned the reading and math concepts taught in grades 3–8. Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

The Ohio State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Assessments are annual tests that measure how well students have learned the reading and math concepts taught in grades 3–8. Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

There are two types of assessments within the Oklahoma Student Testing Program (OSTP) for Grades 3-8 and "End-of-Instruction" (EOI) secondary level. All assessments are aligned to the state-mandated Core curriculum, the Oklahoma Academic Standards, which has been adopted by the State Board of Education. 1.) General Assessments: (Also referred to as: Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests or OCCT). These Criterion Referenced Tests are intended for Grades 3-8 in various subject areas and the seven EOI assessments. 2.) Portfolio Assessments: (Also referred to as: Oklahoma Alternate Assessment Program, OAAP). These assessments measure achievement of alternate academic standards of the state curriculum for children with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

The Oklahoma Department of Education has authority over the adoption of assessments.

Oregon standardized tests measure the progress of students from 3rd grade to 8th grade, and 10th grade. In fifth, eighth, and tenth grades, schools may also give an optional OAKS social studies assessment. The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills measures how well students have mastered Oregon Content Standards, and reports student performance in each subject. The OAKS Assessment system is aligned to the 2009 Oregon Science content standards, and the 2001 Oregon Social Sciences content standards.

The Department of Education and Board of Education share authority over the adoption of assessments.

Oregon standardized tests measure the progress of students from 3rd grade to 8th grade, and 10th grade. In fifth, eighth, and tenth grades, schools may also give an optional OAKS social studies assessment. The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills measures how well students have mastered Oregon Content Standards, and reports student performance in each subject. The OAKS Assessment system is aligned to the 2009 Oregon Science content standards, and the 2001 Oregon Social Sciences content standards.

Oregon standardized tests measure the progress of students from 3rd grade to 8th grade, and 10th grade. The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills measures how well students have mastered Oregon Content Standards, and reports student performance in each subject. The OAKS Assessment system is aligned to the 2009 Oregon Science content standards.

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) includes assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA.

Keystone Exams are end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Keystone Exams serve two purposes: (1) high school accountability assessments for federal and state purposes, and (2) high school graduation requirements for students beginning with the class of 2017. The Algebra I and Literature Keystone Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) includes assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA. Keystone Exams are end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Algebra I and Literature Keystone Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) is a statewide alternate assessment designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Pennsylvania Accountability System (PAS) applies to all public schools and districts.

Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA.

In 2014-2015, Rhode Island will introduce the new PARCC (or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments in English Language Arts (ELA)/literacy. These assessments will replace the NECAP Reading and Writing assessments that we used for the past 9 years. NECAP tests are administered to Rhode Island students in third grade through high school.

The Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

In 2014-2015, Rhode Island will introduce the new PARCC (or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments in mathematics. This assessment will replace the NECAP Mathematics assessment that we used for the past 9 years. Rhode Island also participates annually in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, where a sampling of students (from grades 4, 8, and/or 12) are tested in several content areas as part of a nationally representative assessment of student performance. In addition, Rhode Island administers the American Diploma Project (ADP) Algebra II End of Course Exam, considered an important benchmark for college-bound students.

The Science GSEs are still in effect and, the NECAP Science assessment will continue to be administered each May.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in writing, English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had the opportunity to learn by the end of the tenth grade. Every student must pass the HSAP to graduate from high school unless they meet the qualifications for alternative assessment.

The South Carolina State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in writing, English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had the opportunity to learn by the end of the tenth grade. Every student must pass the HSAP to graduate from high school unless they meet the qualifications for alternative assessment.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in science.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in social studies.

The assessments that are required are Smarter Balanced (ELA 3-8 and 11) and Dakota STEP Test (Reading 3-8 and 11). Alternate Dakota STEP, WriteToLearn (5,7,10), Alternate Writing Assessment.

The South Dakota State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

South Dakota public school students participate in annual summative testing in mathematics and the results of these tests are included in the state accountability system.

South Dakota requires assessment of science and writing annually and provides schools and teachers with resources to utilize other assessments to help identify strengths and areas for improvement.

The department has terminated its statewide testing contract with Measurement Inc., effective immediately. While high school testing will continue as planned, the state will suspend grade 3-8 testing during the 2015-16 school year due to Measurement Inc.’s inability to deliver all testing materials.

The Tennessee State Board of Education has full authority per state law.

In November 2014, the State of Tennessee completed the process to replace the state’s current TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) assessments in English language arts (ELA) and math. The new measurements of learning for ELA and math will be called Tennessee Ready (TNReady) and will be administered beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

The Texas State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments per state law.

The assessment that is required is SAGE, summative of end-of-year tests measuring ELA in grades 3-8.

Utah State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The assessment that is required is SAGE, summative end-of-year tests measuring Math in grades 3-8 and secondary math 1,2,3.

CRT, UBSCT, Utah DWA, and ITBS are all standardized tests part of the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students, known as U-PASS. Utah U-PASS tests measure the progress of students from second grade through high school. Utah U-PASS is also used by the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) in evaluating each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The Utah CRT, UBSCT, and Utah DWA assessments are all criterion-referenced tests based on Utah Core Curriculum standards. As criterion-referenced tests, students only compete against him or herself, rather than be compared against other test takers.

Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Comprehensive Assessments System (CAS) evaluates student performance in the state's schools, based on Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities,with the goal of improving teaching and learning. Statewide assessments include:

The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) which was administered each fall, ending in October, 2013. Reading and writing assessments were administered in grades 3-8 and 11.

The Vermont State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Comprehensive Assessments System (CAS) evaluates student performance in the state's schools, based on Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities,with the goal of improving teaching and learning. Statewide assessments include:

The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) which was administered each fall, ending in October, 2013. Mathematics was administered in grades 3-8 and 11.

The USVI has worked to meet requirements from both the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and the preceding version of the law, the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (IASA). The USVI has completed revisions of its K-12 reading standards. The USVI implemented aligned Territorial assessments in reading, including alternate assessments for eligible students, in grades 5, 7, and 11 in March 2005. The Territorial assessment system was expanded to include additional aligned assessments in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 in 2006 with science being added in 2010 in grades 5, 8, and 11.

The USVI has worked to meet requirements from both the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and the preceding version of the law, the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (IASA). The USVI has completed revisions of its K-12 mathematics standards. The USVI implemented aligned Territorial assessments in mathematics, including alternate assessments for eligible students, in grades 5, 7, and 11 in March 2005. The Territorial assessment system was expanded to include additional aligned assessments in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 in 2006.

The USVI has worked to meet requirements from both the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and the preceding version of the law, the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (IASA). The USVI has completed revisions of its K-12 science standards. The USVI implemented aligned Territorial assessments in March 2005. The Territorial assessment system was expanded to include additional aligned assessments in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 in 2006 with science being added in 2010 in grades 5, 8, and 11. Thus, most work on the academic content standards, student academic achievement standards, and assessments necessary to meet requirements of the IASA as required under a compliance agreement with the U. S.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English. SOL tests in reading and writing.

Virginia State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The assessments that are required are: Standards of Learning (all grades).

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science. In proposed legislation, the Virginia Department of Education is implementing numerous changes to the state assessment program in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science. In proposed legislation, the Virginia Department of Education is implementing numerous changes to the state assessment program in the 2014-2015 school year.

The assessments that are required are: Smarter Balanced, implementing 2014-15 school year; Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) for Reading and Writing grades 3-8. End of Course Exams for ELA. High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) exam for high school students.

The State Board of Education and Department of Education share authority over the adoption of assessments. Superintendent has Authority but this is shared in some capacity with SBE.

The assessments that are required are: Smarter Balanced, implementing 2014-15 school year; Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) for Math in grades 3-8. End of Course Exams for Math. High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) exam for high school students.

In grades 3-8, students take Smarter Balanced tests and MSP for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) status. In high school, students take Smarter Balanced tests and the biology EOC for federal accountability. Student scores on these tests determine a school’s AYP status. All 11th graders will take the Smarter Balanced tests in ELA and math. Students take the biology EOC as they complete that course, typically by the end of 10th grade. High school students must also pass tests, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to graduate. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. A student’s expected year of graduation is set when he/she enters the 9th grade.

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. Public school students in grades 3 - 11 will take the test between April 1 and June 24.

The West Virginia State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. Public school students in grades 3 - 11 will take the test between April 1 and June 24. The test is engaging, interactive and uniquely accessible with questions that require high level thinking, look like real life problems, and are similar to classroom work. Most important, it offers evidence that informs action in the classroom.

WESTEST 2 is gone, and the West Virginia General Summative Assessment, which includes the Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and ELA, has taken its place. The General Summative Assessment also includes a science assessment for students in grades 4, 6 and 10.

The test is engaging, interactive and uniquely accessible with questions that require high level thinking, look like real life problems, and are similar to classroom work. Most important, it offers evidence that informs action in the classroom.

The assessments that are required are: The Smarter Balanced Assessment (Smarter) in grades 3-8 n English Language Arts (ELA); Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) at grades 3-11 in ELA; ACT Aspire at grades 9 & 10, and The ACT at grade 11 for ELA and Writing.

The Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction has full authority to adopt assessments.

The assessments that are required are: The Smarter Balanced Assessment (Smarter) in grades 3-8 in Mathematics; Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) at grades 3-11 in Mathematics; ACT Aspire at grades 9 & 10, and The ACT at grade 11 for Mathematics. ACT WorkKeys at grade 11.

The assessments that are required are: Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) at grades 4, 8, and 10 in Science and The ACT at grade 11 for Science. ACT WorkKeys at grade 11.

The assessment required is the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) at grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies.

In 2005-2006, PAWS became the official statewide assessment used to measure individual student achievement against the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in reading and writing for grades 3 – 8 and 11. Beginning in 2013, the PAWS was administered in grades 3-8 in reading. Writing is now assessed through the PAWS. PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories. PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards as organized by the Wyoming Assessment Descriptions. Accommodations are allowed on the PAWS for students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), for students on a 504 Plan, and for English Language Learners (ELL).

The Wyoming State Board of Education share the authority to adopt assessments with the State Department of Education.

In 2005-2006, PAWS became the official statewide assessment used to measure individual student achievement against the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in mathematics for grades 3 – 8 and 11. Beginning in 2013, the PAWS was administered in grades 3-8 in math. PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories. PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards as organized by the Wyoming Assessment Descriptions.

In 2008, a science assessment was implemented for grades 4, 8, and 11. Beginning in 2013, the PAWS was administered in grades 3-8 in reading, math, and grades 4 and 8 in science. PAWS is designed to be instructionally supportive and include clear targets for instruction as well as informative reporting categories. PAWS reports provide skill-level categories aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards as organized by the Wyoming Assessment Descriptions. Accommodations are allowed on the PAWS for students on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), for students on a 504 Plan, and for English Language Learners (ELL).