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State achievement tests in the United States achievement measures and 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 stateEdit

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.

State Administrating agency Test name Also called... Source
Alabama Alabama State Department of Education Alabama High School Graduation Exam
Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test
Alaska Alaska Department of Education and Early Development High School Graduation Qualifying Examination HSGQE
Arizona Arizona Department of Education Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards AIMS
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Education
California California Department of Education Standardized Testing and Reporting
California High School Exit Exam
Colorado Colorado Department of Education Colorado Student Assessment Program CSAP
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Education Connecticut Academic Performance Test
Connecticut Mastery Test
Delaware Delaware Department of Education Delaware Student Testing Program DSTP
District of Columbia District of Columbia Public Schools DC Comprehensive Assessment System DC-CAS
Florida Florida Department of Education Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test FCAT
Georgia Georgia Department of Education Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests
End-Of-Course Tests
Georgia High School Graduation Test
Georgia Alternate Assessment
Georgia Writings Assessments
Hawai'i Hawai'i Department of Education Hawaii State Assessment
Hawaii State Alternative Assessment
Idaho Idaho Department of Education Idaho Standards Achievement Test I-SAT [2]
Illinois Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Standards Achievement Test[3]
Prairie State Achievement Examination
Indiana Indiana Department of Education Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus I-STEP+
Iowa Iowa Department of Education Iowa Test of Basic Skills
Iowa Tests of Educational Development
Kansas Kansas Department of Education
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
Maryland Maryland Department of Education Maryland State Assessment MSA
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Education Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System M-CAS
Michigan Michigan Department of Education Michigan Educational Assessment Program
Michigan Merit Exam
Minnesota Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments—Series II MCA-II
Mississippi Mississippi Department of Education Mississippi Functional Literacy Exam MFLE
Missouri Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Assessment Program MAP
Montana Montana Office of Public Instruction
Nebraska Nebraska Department of Education
Nevada Nevada Department of Education Nevada Proficiency Examination Program NPEP [5]
New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Education
New Jersey New Jersey Department of Education New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge
Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment
High School Proficiency Assessment
New Mexico New Mexico Public Education Department New Mexico Standards Based Assessment NMSBA [6]
New York New York State Department of Education Regents Examinations Regents
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
Ohio Ohio State Board of Education Ohio Achievement Test
Ohio Graduation Test
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Department of Education Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests OCCT [8]
Oregon Oregon Department of Education
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Education Pennsylvania System of School Assessment PSSA
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
South Carolina South Carolina Department of Education Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (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 TCAP
Texas Texas Education Agency Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS
Utah Utah State Office of Education Iowa Test of Basic Skills
Iowa Tests of Educational Development
Vermont Vermont Department of Education
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 Educational Standards Test WESTEST [10]
Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination WKCE
Wyoming Wyoming Department of Education

Additional testsEdit

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 for Educational Progress. The Prairie State Achievement Exam is used in Illinois, along with the [11] 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.

See alsoEdit


  1. Alabama State Department of Education
  2. (nd) [1] webpage. Retrieved 6/24/07
  3. (nd) ISAT webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  4. PSAE webpage. Retrieved 01/02/08
  5. Nevada Department of Education
  6. (nd) NMSBA webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  7. (nd) OAT webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
  8. Merit Software: The Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) website (accessed July 1, 2007)
  9. Utah State Office of Education -- Assessment
  10. West Virginia Department of Education official website. Retrieved 4/1/08.
  11. (nd) ISAT webpage. Retrieved 5/29/07
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