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.

State Administrating agency Tests name Also called... Source Available in languages other than English
Alabama Alabama State Department of Education Alabama High School Graduation Exam
Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test
[1] No
Alaska Alaska Department of Education and Early Development High School Graduation Qualifying Examination
Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP)

However "LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students may be allowed to use a word translation finder style dictionary or word-to-word dictionary from first language to English language. Dictionaries that include pictures or word definitions are not allowed."
Arizona Arizona Department of Education Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards
Arizona’s English Language Learner Assessment
National Assessment of Educational Progress
[3] No
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Education Augmented Benchmark Examinations [4]
California California Department of Education CAASPP
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
SBAC (previous tests were STAR and CAHSEE) [5]
Colorado Colorado Department of Education Colorado Measures of Academic Success CMAS [7] Yes
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Education Connecticut Academic Performance Test
Connecticut Mastery Test
Delaware Delaware Department of Education Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System DCAS
District of Columbia District of Columbia Public Schools Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career PARCC [8]
Florida Florida Department of Education Florida Standards Assessments
Florida Standards Alternate Assessment
No, but Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students are allowed to use a translation dictionary from their first language to the English language approved by the Florida Department of Education. The dictionary may include synonyms and an index, but must not include definition of words. Test administrators or proctors are also not allowed to read aloud to the student any of the questions, passages, prompts, or answer choices in the English language or their first language during the test.
Georgia Georgia Department of Education Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (retired)

Georgia Milestones:

  • End of Course Test(grades 9-12)
  • End of Grade Test(grades 3-8)

Georgia High School Graduation Test (retired)
Georgia Alternate Assessment
Georgia Writings Assessments (retired)






Hawaii Hawaii Department of Education Hawaii State Assessment
Hawaii State Alternative Assessment
Idaho Idaho State Department of Education Idaho Standards Achievement Test I-SAT [16]
Illinois Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Standards Achievement Test[17]
Prairie State Achievement Examination
Indiana Indiana Department of Education Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus I-STEP+ New Test as of 2019 - ILearn
Iowa Iowa Department of Education Iowa Test of Basic Skills
Iowa Tests of Educational Development
Kansas Kansas Department of Education Kansas Mathematics Assessment
Kansas Reading Assessment
Kansas Writing Assessment
Kansas Science Assessment
Kansas History, Government, Economics and Geography Assessment
Kentucky Kentucky Department of Education Commonwealth Accountability Testing System CATS
Louisiana Louisiana Department of Education Louisiana Educational Assessment Program
Integrated LEAP
Graduate Exit Examination
Maine Maine Department of Education Maine Educational Assessment
Maine High School Assessment
Maryland Maryland Department of Education Maryland School Assessment
High School Assessment
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Education Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System MCAS [22]
Michigan Michigan Department of Education Michigan Educational Assessment Program (retired)
Michigan Merit Exam
Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress[23]
Minnesota Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments—Series II MCA-II
Mississippi Mississippi Department of Education Mississippi Functional Literacy Exam
Mississippi Curriculum Test
Missouri Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Assessment Program MAP
Montana Montana Office of Public Instruction Montana Comprehensive Assessment System MontCAS [25]
Nebraska Nebraska Department of Education
Nevada Nevada Department of Education Nevada Proficiency Examination Program NPEP [26]
New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Education New England Common Assessment Program NECAP [27]
New Jersey New Jersey Department of Education The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers NJSLA
New Mexico New Mexico Public Education Department New Mexico Standards-based assessment
New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessment
New York New York State Department of Education Regents Examinations

New York State Examination

[29] Yes, translation is available for all Regents exams except for language exams. For English exams, a glossary is available, while foreign language exams have none.[30]
North Carolina North Carolina Department of Public Instruction North Carolina End of Grade Tests (Grades 3-8)
End of Course Tests (Grades 9-12)
North Dakota North Dakota Department of Public Instruction North Dakota State Assessment North Dakota CAT [31]
Ohio Ohio State Board of Education Ohio’s State Tests OST [32]
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Department of Education Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests OCCT [33]
Oregon Oregon Department of Education Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills OAKS [34]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Education Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
Pennsylvania Alternate School Assessment
Keystone Exam
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System RICAS [35] RIDE publishes a list of bilingual dictionaries and glossaries that current and former English Learner students may use on RICAS assessments. There are Spanish versions of the Mathematics tests.
South Carolina South Carolina Department of Education Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (Grades 3-8)
High School Assessment Program (Grades 9-12)
South Dakota South Dakota Department of Education South Dakota State Test of Educational Progress DSTEP
Tennessee Tennessee State Department of Education Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program TN Ready
Texas Texas Education Agency State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness STAAR
Utah Utah State Office of Education Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence SAGE [36]
Vermont Vermont Department of Education Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium SBAC
Virginia Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning SOL
Washington Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington Assessment of Student Learning WASL
West Virginia West Virginia Department of Education West Virginia General Summative Assessment WVGSA (Previously WESTEST) [37]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination WKCE
Wyoming Wyoming Department of Education Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students PAWS [38]

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 [17] 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 Archived 2010-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Education & Early Development, Alaska Department of. "EED - Alaska Assessments". Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  3. ^ "Assessment — the Official Website of the Arizona State Department of Education". Archived from the original on 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
  4. ^ Education, Arkansas Department of (2006–2008). "Arkansas Department of Education – Testing". Archived from the original on 2009-02-07. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  5. ^ California Department of Education
  6. ^ STaR Program Website (accessed 4 Aug. 2013)
  7. ^ "CSAP / TCAP - Data and Results | CDE".
  8. ^ "The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) | osse".
  9. ^ "Florida Standards Assessments". March 6, 2018.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  12. ^ "Georgia Milestones Assessment System". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  13. ^ "Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT)". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  14. ^ "The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA)". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  15. ^ "Writing Assessments". Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  16. ^ (nd) [1] Archived 2016-06-23 at the Wayback Machine webpage. Retrieved 6/24/07
  17. ^ a b (nd) ISAT Archived 2008-02-05 at the Wayback Machine webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  18. ^ PSAE Archived 2015-09-05 at the Wayback Machine webpage. Retrieved 01/02/08
  19. ^ Education, Kansas State Department of (2008-06-19). "Assessments". Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  20. ^ Education, Maine Department of (2009-02-06). "Maine Education - MEA". Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  21. ^ Education, Maine Department of (2007). "Maine Education - MHSA:Maine High School Assessment". Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  22. ^ "Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System: Overview". Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  23. ^ Michigan Department of Education. ",4615,7-140-22709_70117---,00.html". Retrieved 2015-4-16.
  24. ^ Education, Mississippi Department of (2007). "Mississippi Curriculum Test Interpretive Guide for Teachers and Administrators" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  25. ^ Education, Montana Department of (2009-04-22). "Assessment-MontCAS". Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  26. ^ "Nevada Department of Education". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008.
  27. ^ Education, New Hampshire Department of (2009-04-08). "NH Department of Education - About Us". Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  28. ^ (nd) NMSBA Archived 2007-08-07 at the Wayback Machine webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  29. ^ "OSA : P-12 : NYSED".
  30. ^[bare URL PDF]
  31. ^ Education, North Dakota Department of. "Important Assessment Information". Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  32. ^ (nd) OAT Archived 2010-06-04 at the Wayback Machine webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  33. ^ Merit Software: The Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine website (accessed July 1, 2007)
  34. ^ Education, Oregon Department of (1998–2009). "Assessment/Testing - Oregon Department of Education". Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  35. ^ Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Education, Rhode Island Department of. "RICAS Assessments". Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  36. ^ "RICAS Assessments - Assessment - Instruction & Assessment - Rhode Island Department of Education".
  37. ^ West Virginia Department of Education "West Virginia General Summative Assessment (3-8)". Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  38. ^ Education, Wyoming Department of. "PAWS Homepage". Archived from the original on 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-04-27.