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|State offers college readiness assessments in math and/or science|
|Arkansas||Yes, the department of education offers EXPLORE and PLAN to districts at no charge. All students in participating districts must take EXPLORE in grade 8 and PLAN in grade 10.|
|California||Yes, the voluntary Early Assessment Program (EAP)
gives 11th graders the opportunity to take augmented versions of the
mandatory California Standards Tests in Algebra
II, and Summative High School Math. The EAPs are aligned with
California State University's placement tests, and indicate whether a
student is ready for college-level coursework or should seek
remediation or additional coursework in grade 12. |
In addition, the California Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program offers assessment materials and diagnostic services to secondary level math teachers upon request. A number of tests are available through the program.
|Colorado||Yes, ACT required for all 11th graders.|
|District of Columbia||No.|
|Florida||Yes. The state offers every public high school the
opportunity to administer the PSAT or PLAN to all 10th graders. "Public
school districts must choose either the PSAT/NMSQT or PLAN for
districtwide administration." Parents may exempt their students from
taking the PSAT or PLAN.|
State policy also authorizes 10th graders to take the common placement tests used by public postsecondary institutions in the state.
|Idaho||Students entering 9th grade in the fall of 2009 or later will be required to take COMPASS, ACT or SAT before the end of 11th grade.|
|Illinois||Yes, ACT mathematics and science examination required of 11th graders as part of the Prairie State Achievement Examination.|
|Kentucky||Yes, the voluntary Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program offers public and private school students the opportunity to take online tests "to determine the level of mathematics knowledge of high school students in relation to the standards of placement tests given at the community and technical colleges and undergraduate public universities." |
Students may choose to receive the following information for up to three postsecondary institutions in the state:
Additionally, starting with the 2007-08 school year, all students will be required to take EXPLORE in grade 8, PLAN in grade 10 and the ACT in grade 11. EXPLORE, PLAN and the ACT are collectively referred to as the "Kentucky Work and College Readiness Examination" or "Readiness Examination."
|Louisiana||Yes, the Louisiana Board of Regents offers EXPLORE
and PLAN to schools at no charge. All students in participating schools
must take EXPLORE 8th grade and PLAN in 10th grade. Virtually all
In addition, as part of its National Governors Association Honor State efforts, the state plans to develop a college readiness measure using assessment data and coursework completion.
|Maine||Yes, all 11th graders are required to take the SAT.|
|Michigan||Yes, all students are required to take the ACT in 11th grade.|
|Minnesota||Yes, the Department of Education offers EXPLORE
and PLAN to districts at no charge. Students in participating districts
may take EXPLORE in 8th grade and PLAN in 10th grade.|
|Mississippi||Yes, subject to appropriation, all 10th grade students must be offered the PSAT or ACT PLAN. However, according to a January 2007 document, the department currently does not have funds to offer students these assessments.|
|New Mexico||Yes, 2007 S.B. 561 directs the department of education to establish a readiness assessment system by the 2008-09 school year. The system must be "aligned with state academic content and performance standards, college placement tests and entry-level career skill requirements" and must include a college readiness assessment in mathematics in 10th grade that all students will be required to participate in.|
|North Carolina||Yes, every 8th-10th grader who has
completed Algebra I or who is in the last month of Algebra I must be
given the opportunity to take the PSAT once at state expense. (Algebra
I is a required course for the career preparation and
college/university preparation courses of study. The college technical
preparation course of study requires either Algebra I or integrated
mathematics I. Algebra I is not a requirement for the occupational
course of study.)|
Additionally, the North Carolina Early Mathematics Placement Testing (NC EMPT) Program, supported by the University of North Carolina General Administration, is an optional assessment that provides students the opportunity to take an assessment similar to an actual college mathematics placement test, allowing them to seek further preparation in math (if needed) while still in high school. Tests are provided at no cost to the participating school.
|Ohio||Yes, the Ohio Early Mathematics Placement Testing
(EMPT) Program, administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, makes
available paper and online assessments to determine high school
students' readiness for postsecondary-level mathematics. One assessment
is geared toward sophomores; the Ohio EMPT test (also known as the
algebra test) is aimed at students (typically juniors) enrolled in
Algebra II, trigonometry and precalculus; the Calculus Readiness Test
is geared toward students (usually juniors and seniors) enrolled
in precalculus and calculus courses. Tests are offered at no cost to
students or their high schools.|
In addition, 2006 S.B. 311 requires the state's P-16 council, "The partnership for continued learning, in collaboration with the Ohio board of regents and the state board of education, [to] recommend a means of assessing high school students' college and work readiness, especially in English and mathematics." The assessment(s) recommended by the partnership must:
"(A) Measure students' skills against identified college and work-ready expectations in English and mathematics and serve as an indicator of students' readiness to successfully complete introductory level coursework at an institution of higher education and to avoid remedial coursework;
(B) Promote consistency in high school academic course content, quality, and expectations;
(C) Provide individual students with information to assist in planning the remaining high school learning experience;
(D) Serve as one indicator for college admission or placement; [and]
(E) Assist institutions of higher education in aligning remedial coursework with the college and work-ready expectations measured by the assessments."
The partnership must consider existing state and commercial assessments, including the Ohio graduation tests.
The state board of education, by July 2012, must "select one or more methods of measuring high school graduates' preparedness for higher education and the workforce. The measures may include, but need not be limited to, student performance on the assessments recommended" by the partnership.
|Oklahoma||Yes, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education offers EXPLORE and PLAN to districts at no charge. All
students in participating districts must take EXPLORE in 8th grade,
PLAN in 10th grade and ACT in 11th or 12th grade.|
In addition, the state makes available the Oklahoma Early Mathematics Testing Program (OKTEMTP), a voluntary online assessment that allows students to determine their readiness for entry-level postsecondary mathematics coursework. Students logging in to the OKEMTP site automatically go to the Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program (KEMTP) Web site.
|South Carolina||Yes, all 10th graders must be offered the PSAT or PLAN.|
|Texas||Yes, performance on the TAKS exit-level mathematics tests is used to assess not only a student's level of academic preparation for graduation but also the student's readiness to enroll in an institution of higher education. This performance standard, called the Higher Education Readiness Component, is separate from the TAKS performance standards and was established by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student who meets this standard is not required to participate in state-mandated college readiness assessments in the relevant subject area prior to undergraduate enrollment.
Additionally, statutes require that any end-of-course assessment that may be developed must be able "to determine the appropriate placement of a student in a course of the same subject matter at an institution of higher education."
|Washington||Yes, Phase II of the Transition Math Project (TMP) includes a mathematics placement testing initiative that includes developing a pilot diagnostic assessment tool, linked to the TMP College Readiness Standards, that would be available to students across the state by summer 2009. Subject to funding, districts will be required to provide all high school students enrolled in the district the option of taking the assessment at no cost to the student.|
|West Virginia||Yes, students are required to take the PLAN in 10th grade, except for those students who meet the criteria for the Alternative Performance Task Assessment (APTA). In addition, effective with the 2008-09 school year, all 11th students will be required to take the ACT.|
In addition, the state will offer three curriculum pathways, effective with the Class of 2009. Students in the "professional pathway" (college-bound pathway) and college-bound students in the "skilled pathway" who do not meet the state assessment college readiness benchmark in or mathematics on the ACT during their junior year will be required to take a college transition mathematics course during their senior year.
|Wyoming||Yes, ACT or WorkKeys required for 11th graders.|
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