High School-Level Assessments: Grade Level(s) Tested
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High School-Level Assessments: Grade Level(s) 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.)... In addition, assessments given at lower grades evaluate students' skills while time is still available for remediation, while assessments given at higher grades can potentially assess students' readiness for work and postsecondary education. End-of-course assessments evaluate students' knowledge of grade-level content, whereas test items on general assessments are generally geared toward lower grade level content.

This database provides information on the grades in which students are assessed at the high school level. The numbers below add up to more than 51 (50 states and the District of Columbia) in that many states test during more than one grade at the high school level.

Grade 9: Nineteen states and the District of Columbia administer assessments in grade 9.
Grade 10: Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia administer assessments in grade 10.
Grade 11: Thirty-four states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico administer assessments in grade 11.
Grade 12: One state (Kentucky) administers assessments in grade 12. In addition, Kansas directs that students be assessed in History/Government at the end of the opportunity to learn, but no later than the end of grade 12.
End-of-course (grade level varies): Thirteen states administer end-of-course assessments in which the student grade level varies depending on the grade in which the student takes the related course. An additional eight states plan to implement end-of-course assessments during the 2007-2008 school year or later.

All sources for all data points are 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.



Grade level(s) tested
Alabama 10: Writing (Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing)
11: Reading, Language, Math, Science, Social Studies (Alabama High School Graduation Exam)
Alaska 9: Reading, Writing, Math (Standards Based Assessment)
10: Reading, Writing, Math (Dual purpose Standards Based Assessment/High School Graduation Qualifying Exam); Science (beginning 2007-2008)
Arizona 9: Reading, English Language Arts, Math (TerraNova)
10: Reading, Writing, Math (Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards, or AIMS) (Science to be field-tested in 2006-2007 and implemented in 2007-2008)
Arkansas 9: Reading, Math (Iowa Test of Educational Development)
11: Grade 11 Literacy (Grade 11 Writing being field-tested in 2006-2007 school year)
End of Course: Grade level varies, although beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, a student must take all initial end-of-course assessments by the end of grade 10.
California 9: English Language Arts, Math, Science (California Standards Test); Physical Fitness
10: English Language Arts, Math, Science, History-Social Studies (California Standards Test); English Language Arts, Math (California High School Exit Examination, or CHSEE)
11: English Language Arts, Math, Science, History-Social Studies (California Standards Test)
Colorado 9: Reading, Writing, Math (Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP)
10: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (CSAP)
11: ACT
Connecticut 10: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (Connecticut Academic Performance Test, or CAPT)
Delaware 9: Reading, Writing, Math (Delaware Student Testing Program, or DSTP)
10: Reading, Writing, Math (DSTP)
11: Science, Social Studies (DSTP)
District of Columbia 9: Writing Composition (D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System); Stanford-9
10: Reading/English Language Arts, Math (D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System); Stanford-9
11: Stanford-9
End of Course: Grade level varies
Florida 9: Reading, Math (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT)
10: Reading, Writing, Math (FCAT)
11: Science (FCAT)
Georgia 9: 9th Grade Literature and Composition
11: English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies (Enhanced Georgia High School Graduation Test); Writing (Georgia High School Writing Test)
End of Course: Grade level varies
Hawaii 9: Writing (Hawaii State Assessment)
10: Reading, Math (Hawaii State Assessment)
11: Writing, Science (Hawaii State Assessment, science beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Idaho 9: English Language Arts, Reading, Math (Idaho Standards Achievement Test, or ISAT); Writing (Idaho Direct Writing Assessment)
10: English Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science (ISAT)
Illinois 11: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (Prairie State Achievement Examination)
Indiana 9: English Language Arts, Math (ISTEP+)
10: English Language Arts, Math (ISTEP+ - Graduation Qualifying Exam)
11: English 11 (End of Course)
End of Course: Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, U.S. History (Grade level varies)
Iowa 11: Reading, Math, Science (test determined by district; almost all participate in the Iowa Test of Educational Development)
Notes/Citation: Iowa statutes call for districts to develop or select assessment programs, but require that grade 11 reading, math and science be tested at a minimum.
Kansas 10: Math
11: Reading, Writing, Science: at the end of the opportunity to learn or no later than the end of grade 11
12: History/Government: at the end of the opportunity to learn or no later than the end of grade 12
Kentucky 10: Reading, Practical Living/Vocational Studies (Kentucky Core Content Test, or KCCT); English, Reading, Math, Science (PLAN) (by 2007-2008); WorkKeys (by 2007-2008, optional)
11: Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Humanities (KCCT); ACT (English, Reading, Math, Science) (by 2007-2008); WorkKeys (by 2007-2008, optional)
12: Writing (KCCT and Portfolio); WorkKeys (by 2007-2008, optional)
End of course (once implemented): Grade level varies
Louisiana 9: English Language Arts, Math (Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or iLEAP)
10: English Language Arts, Math (Graduation Exit Examination, or GEE)
11: Science, Social Studies (GEE)
End of course (once implemented): Grade level varies
Maine 11: Reading, Writing, Math (Scholastic Aptitude Test); Science (beginning 2007-2008 school year)
Maryland 10: English 2 (High School Assessment)
Other End of Course: Grade level varies
Massachusetts 10: English Language Arts, Math (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS)
End of Course: Grade level varies
Michigan 9: English 9 (by spring 2009)
10: English 10 (by spring 2009)
11: English 11, ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, Michigan Math, Science, Social Studies (separate from ACT assessment)
12: English 12 (by spring 2009)
Other end-of-course: Grade level varies
Minnesota 9: Writing (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, Series II/GRAD)
10: Reading (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, Series II/GRAD)
11: Math (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, Series II/GRAD)
Mississippi 9: Algebra I, Biology (Subject Area Testing Program, or SATP)
10: English II (SATP)
11: U.S. History (SATP)
Note: Grade levels may vary
Missouri 10: Math, Science (Missouri Assessment Program)
11: Communication Arts, Social Studies (Missouri Assessment Program)
End-of-course (once implemented): Grade level varies
Montana 10: Reading and Math (Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) Phase 2: CRT. Science will begin in the 2007-08 school year.
11: Language Arts, Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science (Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS), Phase 1: NRT (Iowa Tests)
Nebraska 11: Writing (Nebraska Statewide Writing Assessment)
Nevada 10: Reading, Math, Science (Nevada High School Proficiency Exam); English Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science (Iowa Test of Educational Development, or ITED)
11: Writing (Nevada High School Proficiency Exam Holistic Writing Assessment)
New Hampshire 11: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (New England Comprehensive Assessment Program, or NECAP; pilot in 2006-2007, full implementation in 2007-2008)
New Jersey 11: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment, or HSPA)
End of course (once implemented): Grade level varies
New Mexico 9: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment)
10: English Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies (New Mexico High School Competency Exam)
11: Reading, Math, Science (New Mexico High School Standards Assessment; science portion begins in 2007-2008 school year)
New York End of Course: Grade level varies
North Carolina 9: Reading, Math (North Carolina Competency Test, only required for students who do not attain Achievement Level III on 8th grade exams)
10: Writing (North Carolina Writing Assessment); Math (High School Comprehensive Test—only offered to students who do not have Algebra I by grade 10)
End of Course: Grade level varies
North Dakota 11: English Language Arts, Math, and Science (North Dakota State Assessment)
Ohio 10: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies (Ohio Graduation Test)
End of course (once implemented): Grade level varies
Oklahoma End-of-course: Grade level varies
Oregon 10: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (Oregon Statewide Assessment)
Pennsylvania 11: Reading, Writing, Math (Science beginning 2007-2008) (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA)
End of course (once implemented): Grade level varies
Rhode Island 11: Reading, Math (New Standards Reference Exam, or NSRE). New England Comprehensive Assessment Program (NECAP), being piloted in these subjects and science in 2006-2007, will replace this assessment in fall 2007. NECAP will include Reading, Writing, Math, Science
End of course (once implemented): Grade level varies
South Carolina 10: English Language Arts, Math (High School Assessment Program)
End of Course: Grade level varies
South Dakota 9: Writing (Stanford Writing Assessment)
11: Reading, Math, Science (Dakota State Test of Education Progress or Dakota STEP, an augmented version of Stanford 10 AB)
Tennessee 11: Writing (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program)
End of Course: Grade level varies
Texas 9: Reading, Math (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS)
10: English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies (TAKS)
11: English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies (TAKS)
End-of-course: Grade level varies
Utah 9: Writing (Utah Direct Writing Assessment)
10: Reading, Writing, Math (Utah Basic Skills Competency Test)
11: English Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science (Iowa Test of Education Development)
End of Course: Grade level varies
Vermont 11: Reading, Writing, Math; Science (beginning spring 2008)
Virginia End of course: Grade level varies (Standards of Learning, or SOL)
Washington 10: Reading, Writing, Math, Science (Washington Assessment of Student Learning, or WASL)
West Virginia 10: Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science (West Virginia Educational Standards Test, or WESTEST); Writing (West Virginia Writing Assessment)

However, "It is the intent of the Legislature that in the future a grade eleven uniform statewide assessment be administered in lieu of the grade ten uniform statewide assessment." The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will implement the grade 11 testing beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. In addition, 2007 S.B. 657 directs the state board to develop a state assessment system that extends to grade 12, and authorizes the state board to move the writing assessment to grade 11.
Wisconsin 10: Reading, Writing, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies (Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations— Criterion-Referenced Test, or WKCE-CRT)
Wyoming 11: Reading, Writing, Math (and Science, beginning 2007-2008 school year) (Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS), ACT or WorkKeys
Puerto Rico 11: Reading (in Spanish) and Math (Pruebas Puertorriqueñas de Aprovechamiento Académico (PPAA))

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