High School-Level Assessments: Subjects Tested
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High School-Level Assessments: Subjects Tested

Why does it matter? States, schools and districts benefit when they know how well students can read and write (and how well they know their history, science, etc.)...

States are administering high school-level assessments in the following subject areas:

  • Reading: 36 states and the District of Columbia states assess reading at the high school level. This includes West Virginia and the District of Columbia, which both administer a combination Reading/English Language Arts assessment, and Arkansas, which administers assessments in both "Reading" and "Literacy." A 37th state, Nebraska, directs local districts to administer reading assessments.
  • Writing: 35 states and the District of Columbia administer a writing assessment at the high school level. A 36th state, Rhode Island, is piloting a writing assessment that will be implemented during the 2007-2008 school year.
  • English/English Language Arts: Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia administer an English/English language arts assessment. Again, this includes West Virginia and the District of Columbia, which both administer a combination Reading/English Language Arts assessment. A 26th state, Michigan, plans to implement an English assessment by spring 2009.
  • Math: All states currently require high school students to be tested in math. Nebraska does not have a state-level math assessment but directs districts to assess math at the local level.
  • Science: Thirty-nine states currently assess science at the high school level. A 40th state, Nebraska, directs districts to assess science at the local level. Science will be tested at the high school level in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the 2007-2008 school year. 
  • Social Studies: Twenty-two states currently assess social studies at the high school level (this includes states that assess in history, geography, civics, government, economics and/or business and free enterprise). A 23rd state, Nebraska, directs districts to assess social studies at the local level. Two additional states, Kansas and Indiana, will implement social studies assessments in the 2007-2008 school year.
  • Foreign Language: New York appears to be the only state with statewide assessments at the high school level in foreign language, offering end-of-course assessments in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin and Spanish.
  • Arts and Humanities: Kentucky appears to be the only state with a statewide assessment in arts and humanities at the high school level.
  • Physical Education/Health: California appears to be the only state that administers a stand-alone physical fitness test at the high school level as part of its state assessment program. Kentucky administers a Practical Living assessment that tests in the areas of Health, Physical Education, Consumerism, and Vocational Studies.

A summary table is also available through this link.

Source information for all 50 states is available through this link.

Last updated: April 11, 2007

Please contact Jennifer Dounay at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with questions or comments about this database.



Subjects tested
Alabama Reading
Writing
Language
Math
Science
Social Studies
Alaska Reading
Writing
Math
Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Arizona Reading
Writing
English Language Arts
Math
Science (to be field-tested in 2006-2007 and implemented in 2007-2008)
Arkansas Reading
Literacy
Writing
Math (General)
Algebra I (End of Course)
Algebra II (End of Course, to be implemented May 2008)
Geometry (End of Course)
Biology I (End of Course) (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
California English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
History
Physical Fitness
Colorado Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Connecticut Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Delaware Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Social Studies
District of Columbia Reading/English Language Arts (General)
English 9 (End of Course)
English 10 (End of Course)
Writing Composition
Math (General)
Algebra I (End of Course)
Geometry (End of Course)
Science (General) (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Biology (End of Course)
Physics or Chemistry (End of Course)
Florida Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Georgia English Language Arts (General)
Writing (General)
9th Grade Literature and Composition (End of Course)
American Literature and Composition (End of Course)
Math (General)
Algebra I (End of Course)
Geometry (End of Course)
Science (General)
Biology (End of Course)
Physical Science (End of Course)
Social Studies (General)
U.S. History (End of Course)
Economics/Business/Free Enterprise (End of Course)
Hawaii Reading
Writing
Math
Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Idaho Reading
Writing
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Illinois Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Indiana English Language Arts (General)
English 11 (Core 40 End of Course)
Math (General)
Algebra I (Core 40 End of Course)
Algebra II (Core 40 End of Course)
Biology I (Core 40 End of Course)

Notes/Citation: U.S. History (Core 40 End of Course) is being piloted in the 2006-2007 school year, and is anticipated to be fully operational by the 2007-2008 school year. 2006 H.B. 1240 directs the department and state board to develop a long-term plan for the state assessment system that "assesses student proficiency in written communication."
Iowa Reading
Math
Science
Kansas Reading
Writing
Math
Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
History & Government; Economics & Geography (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Kentucky Reading
Writing
English
Math
Algebra I (end-of-course, to be piloted by the end of 2007-2008)
Geometry (end-of-course, to be piloted by the end of 2007-2008)
Algebra II (end-of-course, to be implemented 2007-2008)
Science
Social Studies
Arts & Humanities
Practical Living/Vocational Studies
Louisiana English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Algebra I (end of course) (to be piloted spring 2007, implemented 2007-2008)
All the following are to be phased in over a period of six years, 2007-2013: English I and English II (end of course)
Geometry (end of course)
Biology (end of course)
American History (end of course)
Free Enterprise (end of course)
Civics (end of course)
Maine Reading
Writing
Math
Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Maryland English 2 (High School Assessment, end of course)
Algebra/Data Analysis (High School Assessment, end of course)
Algebra II (End of Course, to be implemented May 2008)
Biology (High School Assessment, end of course)
Government (High School Assessment, end of course)
Massachusetts English Language Arts
Math
Algebra II (end of course, to be implemented May 2008)
Biology (end of course)
Chemistry (end of course)
Introductory Physics (end of course)
Technology/Engineering (end of course)
U.S. History (end of course)
Michigan Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Social Studies
All the following are to be developed by spring 2009:
Grade 9 English (end-of-course)
Grade 10 English end-of-course)
Grade 11 English (end-of-course)
Grade 12 English (end-of-course)
Algebra I (end-of-course)
Geometry (end-of-course)
Algebra II (end-of-course)
Pre-Calculus (end-of-course)
Data and Statistics (end-of-course)
Earth Science (end-of-course)
Biology (end-of-course)
Chemistry (end-of-course)
Physics (end-of-course)
World History (end-of-course)
U.S. History (end-of-course)
Economics (end-of-course)
Civics (end-of-course)
Minnesota Reading
Writing
Math
Life Sciences (end of course, beginning 2008)
Mississippi English II (end of course)
Algebra I (end of course)
Biology (end of course)
U.S. History (end of course)
Missouri Communication Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
The following are to be implemented by 2008-2009:
English II (end-of-course)
Algebra I (end-of-course)
Biology (end-of-course)
The following are most likely to be implemented by 2009-2010:
Communication Arts I (English I) (end-of-course)
Geometry (end-of-course)
Algebra II end-of-course)
Integrated Mathematics II (end-of-course)
Integrated Mathematics III (end-of-course)
Physical Science(end-of-course)
Chemistry (end-of-course)
American History (end-of-course)
Government (end-of-course)
Montana English Language Arts
Reading
Math
Science
Social Studies
Nebraska Writing
Notes/Citation: Statutes require local districts to administer additional assessments in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies.
Nevada Reading
Writing
English Language Arts
Math
Science
New Hampshire Reading
Writing
Math
Science (pilot spring 2007, to be implemented spring 2008)
New Jersey Reading
Writing
Math
Algebra II (end of course, to be implemented 2008)
Science
Biology (end of course, to be implemented 2008)
New Mexico Reading
Writing
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
New York Comprehensive English (end of course)
Mathematics A (end of course)
Mathematics B (end of course)
Chemistry (end of course)
Physics (end of course)
Earth Science (end of course)
Living Environment (end of course)
U.S. History and Government (end of course)
Global History and Geography (end of course)
French (end of course)
German (end of course)
Hebrew (end of course)
Italian (end of course)
Latin (end of course)
Spanish (end of course)
North Carolina Reading (general)
Writing (general)
English I (end of course)
Math (general)
Algebra I (end of course)
Algebra II (end of course)
Geometry (end of course)
Biology (end of course)
Chemistry (end of course)
Physics (end of course)
Physical Science (end of course)
U.S. History (end of course)
Civics & Economics (end of course)
North Dakota English Language Arts
Math
Science
Ohio Reading
Writing
Math
Algebra II (end of course, to be implemented May 2008)
Science
Social Studies
Oklahoma English II (end of course)
Algebra I (end of course)
Biology I (end of course)
U.S. History (end of course)
English III, Algebra II and Geometry (end of course, scheduled to be developed and field-tested in 2006-2007 and implemented in 2007-2008)
Oregon Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Notes/Citation: School districts may also administer state-developed assessments in history, geography, economics and civics.
Pennsylvania Reading
Writing
Math
Algebra II (end of course, beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Rhode Island Reading
Writing (pilot 2006-2007, to be implemented 2007-2008)
Math
Algebra II (end of course, to be implemented May 2008)
Science (pilot 2006-2007, to be implemented 2007-2008)
South Carolina English Language Arts (general)
English I (end of course)
Math (general)
Algebra I/Math for the Technologies 2 (end of course)
Physical Science (end of course)
U.S. History and Constitution (end of course)
South Dakota Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Tennessee Writing (general)
English I (end of course)
English II (end of course)
Algebra I (end of course)
Algebra II (end of course, pilot beginning 2006-2007)
Math Foundations II (end of course)
Geometry (end of course, pilot beginning 2006-2007)
Biology I (end of course)
Chemistry (end of course, pilot beginning 2006-2007)
Physical Science (end of course)
U.S. History (end of course)
Texas Reading
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Algebra I (end of course)
Geometry (end of course) (to be field-tested in 2006-2007 and implemented in 2007-2008)
Biology (end of course) (to be field-tested in 2006-2007 and implemented in 2007-2008)
Chemistry (end of course) (to be field-tested in 2007-2008 and implemented in 2008-2009)
Physics (end of course) (to be field-tested in 2007-2008 and implemented in 2008-2009)
U.S. History (end of course) (to be field-tested in 2007-2008 and implemented in 2008-2009)
Utah Reading
Writing
English Language Arts (end of course)
Math (general)
Pre-Algebra (end of course)
Elementary Algebra (end of course)
Intermediate Algebra (end of course, to be developed)
Geometry (end of course)
Applied Math I (end of course)
Applied Math II (end of course)
Science (general)
Biology (end of course)
Chemistry (end of course)
Physics (end of course)
Earth Science (end of course)
Vermont Reading
Writing
Math
Science (beginning spring 2008)
Virginia Reading (end of course)
Writing (end of course)
Algebra I (end of course)
Algebra II (end of course)
Geometry (end of course)
Earth Science (end of course)
Biology (end of course)
Chemistry (end of course)
U.S. History to 1877 (end of course)
U.S. History 1877 to the Present (end of course)
Virginia and U.S. History (end of course)
World History I (end of course)
World History II (end of course)
World Geography (end of course)
Civics and Economics (end of course)
Washington Reading
Writing
Math
Science
West Virginia Reading/Language Arts
Writing
Math
Algebra I (end-of-course, beginning 2008-2009)
Science
Wisconsin Reading
Writing
Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Wyoming Reading
Writing
Math
Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Puerto Rico Reading (Spanish language)
Math
Science (piloted spring 2006)

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