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Table 2.5. Science statewide high school assessments and grade administered, by state: 2014–15

State Assessment name Grade(s) administered
Alabama ACT QualityCore Physics End-of-Course (EOC) Students are assessed in science on both ACT PLAN and the ACT. Only students who take physics or chemistry will take EOC for those courses.  
  ACT QualityCore Chemistry (EOC)    
  ACT    
  ACT PLAN    
Alaska Alaska Science Assessment (SBA Science) Grade 10  
Arizona Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Science Grade 10, but may be taken by grade 9 students who are enrolled in a life science course  
Arkansas Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP) Biology EOC Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
California California Standards Test (CST) Grade 10  
Colorado Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) for science Grade 12  
Connecticut Connecticut Academic Performance Test, Third Generation (CAPT) Grade 10  
Delaware Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) for science Grade 10  
District of Columbia DC Next Generation Science Assessment Administered as a biology EOC  
Florida Biology I EOC Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Georgia Georgia Milestones Biology EOC All students take the Biology EOC prior to graduating. Only students who elect to take the course will take the Physical Science EOC.  
  Georgia Milestones Physical Science EOC    
Hawaii Biology I EOC Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Idaho Science EOC (biology or chemistry) One science EOC is required in one high school grade (10-12).  
Illinois  
Indiana Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) End of Course Assessments (ECAs) in biology I Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Iowa Iowa Assessments Grade 11  
Kansas Kansas Assessment Program Grade 11  
Kentucky Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
  ACT QualityCore Biology EOC    
Louisiana Biology EOC Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Maine Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) Grade 11  
Maryland Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) in biology Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) Technology/Engineering EOC Students must pass on the science and technology/engineering assessment options to satisfy the graduation requirement.  
  MCAS Biology EOC    
  MCAS Chemistry EOC    
  MCAS Introductory Physics EOC    
     
Michigan Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) for science Grade 11  
Minnesota Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA-III): Science End of instruction in Life Science Standards  
Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program, 2nd Edition (SATP2) in biology Students take the assessment upon completion of the course. 1
Missouri Biology EOC Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Montana Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) in science Grade 10  
Nebraska Nebraska State Accountability Tests (NeSA) Grade 11  
Nevada High School Science EOC Grades 11-12 2
New Hampshire New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) for science Grade 11  
New Jersey New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) Grade level varies.  
New Mexico New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in science Grade 11  
New York New York State Regents Exam in Physical Setting/Chemistry In science, students must pass one exam to graduate.  
  New York State Regents Exam in Physical Setting/Earth Science    
  New York State Regents Exam in Living Environment    
  New York State Regents Competence test in Physical Setting/Physics    
North Carolina North Carolina READY EOC in biology Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
North Dakota North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) for science Grade 11  
Ohio Physical Science EOC Grade 9 and below  
  Science Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) Grade 10  
Oklahoma Biology I End of Instruction Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Oregon Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) for science Grade 11  
Pennsylvania Keystone Exam in biology Grade level varies  
Rhode Island New England Comprehensive Assessment Program (NECAP) in science Grade 11  
South Carolina End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) in biology Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
South Dakota South Dakota State Test of Education Progress Science (DSTEPScience) Grade 11  
Tennessee Biology I EOC All students must take a biology course and EOC as a graduation requirement. Students taking the chemistry course will be assessed with the chemistry EOC.  
  Chemistry EOC    
Texas State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) EOC in biology Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
Utah Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) EOC in biology Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
  SAGE EOC in earth science    
  SAGE EOC in chemistry    
  SAGE EOC in physics    
Vermont New England Comprehensive Assessment Program (NECAP) in science Grade 11  
Virginia Earth Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Students must pass one SOL to fulfill their gradation requirement for a standard diploma.  
  Biology SOL    
  Chemistry SOL    
Washington Biology EOC Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.  
West Virginia WESTEST 2 Science Grade 11  
Wisconsin Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) in science Grade 10  
Wyoming ACT Grade 11  
— Not available.
1 In Mississippi, students typically take the SATP2 in ninth grade.
2 Nevada's High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) in science will be administered in 2014–15 only to students who have yet to pass the test; the HPSE continues to be a graduation requirement through the class of 2016.
SOURCE: Achieve, States' High School Science Assessments in 2014–15, retrieved March 6, 2015 from http://www.achieve.org/files/HS_Science_Assessments_Table.pdf. Data Source.

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