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Table 2.3. English/Language arts (ELA) and mathematics statewide high school assessments, by state: 2014–15

State Assessment name Student participation
Alabama ACT QualityCore English 10 End-of-Course (EOC) All students
  ACT QualityCore Algebra I EOC All students
  ACT All students
  ACT Plan All students
Alaska Alaska Measures of Progress in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics All students
Arizona Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) ELA EOC in English 9, 10 and 11 All students
  AzMERIT Mathematics EOC in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry All students1
  Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) in reading, writing and mathematics Available for retakes only; no new administration
Arkansas Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Grade 9 ELA/literacy All students
  PARCC Grade 10 ELA/literacy All students
  PARCC Grade 11 ELA/literacy Local option
  PARCC Algebra I EOC All students
  PARCC Geometry EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra II EOC Local option
California Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
  California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) All students
Colorado Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) ELA (developed by PARCC) All students in grade 9
  CMAS ELA(developed by PARCC) All students in grade 10
  CMAS English Language Arts (developed by PARCC) All students in grade 11
  CMAS Algebra I/Integrated I (developed by PARCC) All students
  CMAS Geometry/Integrated II (developed by PARCC) All students
  CMAS Algebra II/Integrated III (developed by PARCC) All students
  ACT All students
Connecticut Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
Delaware Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
  EOC Algebra II/Integrated Mathematics III Local option
  PSAT All students
  SAT All students
District of Columbia PARCC English II EOC All students
  PARCC English III EOC Local option
  PARCC Geometry/Integrated Mathematics II EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra II/Integrated Mathematics III EOC Local option
Florida Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English 10 All students
  FSA Algebra I EOC All students
  FSA Geometry EOC All students
  FSA Algebra II EOC Only students who elect to take the course
Georgia Georgia Milestones Assessment System 9th Grade Literature and Composition EOC All students
  Georgia Milestones American Literature and Composition EOC All students
  Georgia Milestones Assessment System Coordinate Algebra EOC All students
  Georgia Milestones Assessment System Analytic Geometry EOC All students
  Georgia High School Writing Test All students
Hawaii Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
  ELA (expository writing) EOC All students
  Algebra I EOC All students
  Algebra II EOC Only students who elect to take the course
  ACT All students
Idaho Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) by Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
  ACT/SAT/COMPASS All students must take one assessment prior to graduation
Illinois PARCC English III EOC See note
  PARCC Algebra II/Integrated III See note
Indiana New Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+)2 All students
  New ISTEP+ aligned to Indiana State Standards ECA in Algebra I All students
Iowa Iowa Assessments (ELA and mathematics) All students
Kansas Kansas Assessment Program (ELA and mathematics) All students
Kentucky Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) ACT QualityCore English II EOC All students
  K-PREP ACT QualityCore Algebra II EOC All students
  Kentucky Online Testing (KYOTE) and COMPASS See note
  K-PREP (writing) All students
  ACT All students
  PLAN and EXPLORE All students
Louisiana English II EOC All students
  English III EOC All students
  Algebra I EOC All students
  Geometry EOC Only students who elect to take the course
  ACT All students
  EXPLORE, PLAN All students
Maine Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
  SAT/ACCUPLACER Only students who elect to take the assessment
  PSAT Only students who elect to take the assessment
  ReadiStep Only students who elect to take the assessment
Maryland PARCC English II EOC All students
  Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) in English II All students
  PARCC Algebra I EOC All students
  High School Assessment (HAS) in algebra/data analysis All students
  PARCC Algebra II EOC Only students who elect to take the course
Massachusetts Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) (ELA and mathematics) All students
  PARCC English I EOC Local option
  PARCC English III EOC Local option
  PARCC Algebra I EOC Local option
  PARCC Geometry EOC Local option
  PARCC Algebra II EOC Local option
Michigan M-STEP (ELA and mathematics) All students
 
  ACT All students
Minnesota Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) Students in grade 10
  Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (ELA and mathematics) All students
  PLAN and EXPLORE All students
  ACT Plus Writing All students
Mississippi PARCC English I EOC Local option
  PARCC as part of Subject Area Testing Program, 3rd Edition (SATP3); English II EOC All students
  PARCC as part of SATP3; Algebra I EOC All students
  ACT All students
Missouri English I EOC Local option
  English II EOC All students
  Algebra I EOC All students3
  Geometry EOC Local option
  Algebra II EOC Local option
  ACT All students
Montana Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
Nebraska Nebraska State Accountability Tests (NeSA) (reading and writing) All students
  NeSA mathematics All students
Nevada High School Proficiency Exam in reading and writing (HSPE) Through class of 2016
  ELA I EOC (reading comprehension) All students
  ELA II EOC (writing) All students
  High School Proficiency Exam in mathematics through class of 2016
  Mathematics I EOC (focus on Algebra I) All students
  Mathematics II EOC (focus on geometry) All students
  PSAT All students
  ACT Plus Writing All students
New Hampshire Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
New Jersey PARCC English 9 EOC All students
  PARCC English10 EOC All students
  PARCC English 11 EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra I EOC All students
  PARCC Geometry EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra II EOC All students
  High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) Available for retakes, not for new administration
New Mexico PARCC English I EOC All students
  PARCC English II EOC All students
  PARCC English III EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra I EOC All students
  PARCC Geometry EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra II EOC All students4
  Standards Based Assessment/High School Graduation Assessment (SBA/HSGA) in ELA and mathematics Available for grade 12 retest and is an option for grade 11 students in 2014-15
New York Regents English Language Arts Exam (Common Core) 5
  Regents Comprehensive English Exam 5
  Regents Algebra I Exam (Common Core) 5
  Regents Integrated Algebra Exam 5
  Regents Geometry Exam 5
  Regents Algebra II/Trigonometry Exam 5
North Carolina North Carolina READY CCSS (aligned EOC in English II) All students
  North Carolina READY CCSS (aligned EOC in Mathematics I) All students
  ACT All students
North Dakota North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
  ACT/WorkKeys All students must take one assessment prior to graduation
Ohio PARCC English I EOC All students
  PARCC English II EOC All students
  Reading Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) All 10th grade students; 11th and 12th grade retakes
  Writing OGT All 10th grade students; 11th and 12th grade retakes
  PARCC Algebra I/Integrated I EOC All students
  PARCC Geometry EOC/Integrated Mathematics II EOC All students
  mathematics OGT All 10th grade students; 11th and 12th grade retakes
Oklahoma English II End-of-Instruction (EOI) All students
  English III EOI All students
  Algebra I EOI All students
  Geometry EOI All students
  Algebra II EOI All students
Oregon Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
 
  Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) (mathematics, reading, writing) Available for grade 12 retest only
Pennsylvania Keystone Exam in Literature All students
  Keystone Exam in Algebra I All students
Rhode Island PARCC English I EOC All students
  PARCC English II EOC All students
  PARCC Algebra I EOC All students
  PARCC Geometry EOC All students
South Carolina ACT All students
  End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) English 1 All students
  End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) in Algebra I/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 All students
South Dakota Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
Tennessee English I EOC All students
  English II EOC All students
  English III EOC All students
  Algebra I EOC All students
  Algebra II EOC All students
  ACT All students
Texas State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) English I EOC All students
  STAAR English II EOC All students
  STAAR Algebra I EOC All students
Utah Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) Writing 9 EOC All students
  SAGE Writing 10 EOC All students
  SAGE Writing 11 EOC All students
  SAGE EOC in Reading, Language and Listening 9 All students
  SAGE EOC in Reading, Language and Listening 10 All students
  SAGE EOC in Reading, Language and Listening 11 All students
  SAGE EOC in Secondary (Integrated) Mathematics I All students
  SAGE EOC in Secondary (Integrated) Mathematics II All students
  SAGE EOC in Secondary (Integrated) Mathematics III All students
  ACT All students
Vermont Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
Virginia Reading Standards of Learning (SOL) All students
  Writing SOL All students
  Algebra I SOL All students
  Geometry SOL Only students who elect to take the course
  Algebra II SOL Only students who elect to take the course
Washington Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
 
  Reading and Writing High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) Available for retakes, not for new administration
  Algebra I/Integrated I EOC Exit Exam based on the CCSS All students
  Geometry/Integrated mathematics II EOC Exit Exam based on the CCSS All students
West Virginia Smarter Balanced (ELA and mathematics) All students
 
  EXPLORE, PLAN All students
  COMPASS (ELA and mathematics) All students
Wisconsin ACT Aspire Early High School (ELA and mathematics) All students
  ACT Plus Writing All students
Wyoming ACT All students
  PLAN, EXPLORE All students
1 Arizona will not require students to pass the EOC test for graduation, but EOC scores may be included in the relevant course grade. The State Board of Education has not yet determined if or how students will be held accountable for performance on these assessments.
2 The ISTEP+ assessment is aligned to Indiana State Standards in English 10.
3 In Missouri, for students who complete the Algebra I EOC assessment prior to high school, Algebra II EOC is the required high school mathematics assessment for accountability purposes.
4 In New Mexico, for the class of 2015, students are required to earn a passing score to graduate on the Standards Based Assessment/High School Graduation Assessment (SBA/HSGA) and on the writing EOC. For the Class of 2016, students must still earn a passing score on an assessment to graduate, but have multiple assessments available to them in each subject. For reading, students must either pass the SBA reading or PARCC ELA Grade 11. For mathematics, students must pass the SBA mathematics in Grade 10 or PARCC algebra II or geometry. For writing, students are required to pass PARCC ELA Grade 11. Students must also pass the science SBA.
5 For students who entered grade 9 in 2011 or thereafter, all students must take and pass five Regents exams in ELA, mathematics, social studies, and science. For ELA, all students first entering Grade 9 in the 2013–14 school year or thereafter must be provided with a high school English course of study aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and pass the new Regents exam in ELA (Common Core) to meet graduation requirements. All students who first entered Grade 9 prior to the 2013–14 school year may meet the requirements for graduation by enrolling in Common Core English courses and passing the new Regents exam in ELA (Common Core) or enrolling in English courses aligned to the 2005 Learning Standards and passing the Regents Comprehensive Exam in English (2005 Learning Standards), while that exam is still being offered. For mathematics, any student who in the 2013–14 school year or thereafter, regardless of grade of enrollment, begins his or her first commencement-level mathematics course culminating in a Regents Exam in June 2014 or thereafter must take the New York State CCLS mathematics Regents Exam that corresponds to that course, as available, and be provided with Common Core instruction. Most typically, this first course will be Algebra I (Common Core). Those students who began or will complete an Integrated Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2/Trigonometry course prior to the 2013–14 school year must take the corresponding Regents exams aligned to the mathematics core curriculum (revised 2005), while those examinations are still being offered.
SOURCE: Achieve, States' ELA and Mathematics High School Assessments: Uses for Students, Schools and Teachers, retrieved March 4, 2015 from http://www.achieve.org/ClosingtheExpectationsGap2014. Data Source.

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