Are assessments required in grades K-3?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

Are assessments required in grades K-3?

June 2018


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Are assessments required in grades K-3? Citations
Alabama Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Alaska An approved early literacy screening assessment must be administered to students in K-2 and to students in grade three who are experiencing delays in attaining literacy. 4 AAC 06.713
Arizona Districts must provide universal screenings in Pre-K and K-3 to identify students with reading deficiencies. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-701
Arkansas K-4 assessments must be administered in English language arts and mathematics. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-420
California Assessments are required for grade 3. Cal. Educ. Code § 60642.5
Colorado Local K-3 reading assessments are required. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1205
Connecticut K-3 reading assessments are required to be included in the statewide reading plan. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-14v, Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-14t, Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-265g
Delaware Districts must assess K-2 students for progress toward meeting state standards. Third grade students are administered accountability and growth assessments in English language arts and mathematics. 14 Del.C. 151
District of Columbia Readiness evaluation must be administered in grades K-3 to measures a student’s reading and mathematics readiness for the next grade. D.C. Code Ann. 38-755.03
Florida The statewide, standardized Reading assessment shall be administered annually in grades 3 through 10. The statewide, standardized Writing assessment shall be administered annually at least once at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. An English Language Arts assessment shall replace the Reading and Writing assessments, and shall be administered to students in grades 3 through 10. Science assessments shall be administered annually at least once at the elementary and middle grade levels. Mathematics assessments shall be administered annually in grades 3 through 10. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1008.22
Georgia Kindergartners must be assessed using the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). Students in grades 1-3 must be assessed in reading and math. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-3-1-.07
Hawaii Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Idaho K-3 reading assessments are required. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-1615
Illinois Schools must annually assess students in grade three in language arts, mathematics and science. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/2-3.64a-5
Indiana The State Department of Education must develop a reading plan to include formative and summative assessments for: students in K-2 in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension; and students in grade three and higher in vocabulary and comprehension; and students in grade 3 in vocabulary and comprehension related to content knowledge. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 6.2-3.1-3
Iowa Districts must assess K-3 students at the beginning of each school year in reading or reading readiness. Iowa Code Ann. § 279.68
Kansas Each school district is required to annually determine a child's math and reading skills and progression using state assessments or other diagnostic assessments that meet state standards for grades K-3. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-3567
Kentucky Every elementary school must provide diagnostics reading assessments. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.791
Louisiana Literacy screenings are required for every child enrolled in K-3. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXV, 2307
Maine At every grade level, students must be assessed in reading, mathematics and science by means of a statewide assessment. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 6209
Maryland Reading assessments are administered in third grade. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 7-202
Massachusetts No. "Comprehensive diagnostic assessment of individual students shall be conducted at least in the fourth, eighth and tenth grades." Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 69, § 1I
Michigan Assessments in English language arts and mathematics must be administered in the fall and spring of each year to students in grades K-2. Math and language arts summative assessments are required for grade 3. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 388.1704c
Minnesota Districts must assess students in reading at the end of kindergarten and grades 1 and 2. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 120B.12
Mississippi The State Department of Education must select early literacy and numeracy screening instruments to be used in K-3. Reading assessments must be administered in the first 30 days of the school year. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-23-16
Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-177-1
Missouri Districts are required to administer a reading assessment to students prior to the end of third grade.

The state board of education must create a list of recommended reading assessments for K-3 students.
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.645
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.346
Montana English language arts and mathematics assessments must be administered in the spring to third grade students. Mont. Admin. R. 10.56.101
Nebraska Reading and mathematics assessments are required for third grade students. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-760.03
Nevada Districts must develop a plan to improve the literacy of pupils in K-3, which must include procedures for assessing a pupil’s proficiency in reading using valid and reliable assessments approved by the State Board. These assessments must be administered within the first 30 days of school after the pupil enters kindergarten and during grades 1,2 and 3. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 388.157
New Hampshire Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
New Jersey Assessments in mathematics and language arts are required in grade 3. N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:8-4.1
New Mexico Students enrolled in a K-3 Plus program must be assessed four times during their school year. Students in grade three are required to take standards-based assessments in mathematics, reading, and language arts. In one grade between grades three and five students must take a standards-based assessment in science. N.M. Admin. Code 6.30.12
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-28
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-2C-4
New York Districts must administer diagnostic screening of all new students. Statewide English Language arts and mathematics exams are issued in grade 3. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.3
North Carolina Students must be administered a reading assessment in kindergarten, first, second, and third grade. Students in grade three must take assessments designed by the state board of education that measure their progress in reading, communication skills, and mathematics. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-83.6
N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 115C-174.11
North Dakota Third grade students must be administered an assessment in reading and mathematics. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-21-08
Ohio Third grade students must take achievement assessments in English language arts and mathematics at the end of the school year. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3301.0710
Oklahoma State approved reading assessments are administered to students in K-3 at the beginning and end of each school year. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.508C
Oregon The Early Success Reading Initiative requires screening and continuous monitoring of student's reading progress from kindergarten through third grade with research-based assessments. Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 329.834
Pennsylvania No specific statewide K-3 assessments are required in statute, however, each school entity is charged with designing an assessment system to determine the degree to which students are achieving academic standards and to provide assistance to those students who are not achieving proficiency. 22 Pa. Code § 4.52
Rhode Island All districts that provide elementary education are required to screen children prior to, or upon, their first entry to school to determine their level of educational readiness. Each LEA shall develop a comprehensive assessment system that includes measures of student performance for the purposes of formative, interim, and summative evaluations of all students in each core content area. R.I. Code R. 21-2-53:G-13-3
16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-97-8
South Carolina Districts must administer reading assessments to all Pre-K through 12th grade students as part of the state reading proficiency plan. The State Board of Education is required to develop and implement formative assessment program that includes the subjects of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies in grades three through eight. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-155-140
S.C. Code Ann. § 59-18-310
South Dakota Students in grade 3 to 8 must take a state assessment in English language arts and mathematics. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-3-55
S.D. Admin. R. 24:55:01:01
Tennessee Assessments in English language arts and math are required in grade three. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-1-226
Texas Districts must administer a state approved reading assessment in K-2. Statewide reading and mathematics assessment must be administered in grade 3. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 28.006
Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 39.023
Utah Statewide benchmark assessments must be administered to students in grades 1, 2, and 3 at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. State standardized assessments in mathematics must also administered to students in third grade. Utah Code Ann. § 53A-1-606.6
Utah Code Ann. § 53A-1-604
Vermont Third grade students are assessed on reading proficiency. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 164
Virginia Students in kindergarten through third grade are required to take the Standards of Reading test or any reading diagnostic test that meets the criteria established by the Department of Education. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:1
Washington Second grade reading assessments are required. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.300.310
West Virginia Public school students enrolled in grades 3 to 11 must take the West Virginia general summative assessment or the West Virginia Summative assessment in English language arts and mathematics. W. Va. Code R. 126-14-4
Wisconsin Students in 4-year-old kindergarten through second grade must be assessed on their reading readiness. A statewide standardized reading test must be administered to all students in grade 3. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 115.28
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 121.02
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.016
Wyoming Students in grades 3 through 10 must complete a statewide assessment in English language arts and mathematics. District must administer a K-3 reading assessment. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-2-304
Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-3-401

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