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Assessment and Standards

Many states have undertaken reform efforts centered on educational standards and student assessment. The tables in this section feature data on content and performance standards, statewide assessments by grade level and content area, and the alignment of standards and assessments.

Data Tables

Table 2.1 School level in which state has standards that are course- or grade-specific, by state: 2011–12
Table 2.2 State high school completion credentials, by state: 2013
Table 2.3 English/Language arts (ELA) and mathematics statewide high school assessments, by state: 2014–15
Table 2.4 Science statewide assessments in grades 3-8, by state: 2014–15
Table 2.5 Science statewide high school assessments and grade administered, by state: 2014–15
Table 2.6 Early childhood education standards, school readiness definitions, assessments, and programs for children not meeting expectations, by state: 2012–13
Table 2.7 Use of technology and capacity to use technology, by state: 2008–09
Table 2.8 Types of state high school policies for college readiness, by state: 2012–13
Table 2.9 Types of promotion and graduation practices based on statewide exit and end-of-course exams, by state: 2013
Table 2.10 State high school exit exams, by exam characteristics and state: 2011–12
Table 2.11 States administering college entrance exams and college-and career-readiness assessments, by state: 2014
Table 2.12 Alternative paths to graduation for students with disabilities, by state: 2007
Table 2.13 State course credit requirements for high school graduation, by state: 2008
Table 2.14 School level in which student assessments are aligned to state standards, by subject and state: 2011–12
Table 2.15 State efforts to support district and school implementation of Common Core State Standards/College- and Career-Ready Standards, by state: 2013
Table 2.16 Social studies statewide assessment name, grade administered, and assessment type, by state: 2009–10
Table 2.17 State adoption of mathematics and English/Language Arts Common Core State Standards Initiative, by state: 2014
Table 2.18 Arts education policies, by state: 2015
Table 2.19 State prekindergarten standards and teacher qualifications, by state: 2013–14  Updated!
Table 2.20 English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics statewide assessments in grades 3–8, by state: 2014–15


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