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Table 2.5. Science statewide assessment name, grade administered, and assessment type, by state: 200910

State Assessment name Grade(s) administered Assessment type
Alabama Alabama High School Graduation
11 Criterion-referenced
  Alabama Science Assessment 5, 7 Criterion-referenced
Alaska Science Assessment 4, 8, 10 Criterion-referenced
Arizona Arizona Instrument to Measure
Standards (AIMS)
4, 8, 10 Criterion-referenced
Arkansas Arkansas Augmented Benchmark
Examinations: Science (augmented
with Stanford Achievement
Test, 10th edition)
5, 7 Criterion-referenced,
  Arkansas Biology End-of-Course
9, 10 Criterion-referenced
California California Standards Tests 5, 8, 9-11 Criterion-referenced
Colorado Colorado ACT 11 Norm-referenced
  Colorado Student Assessment
5, 8, 10 Criterion-referenced
Connecticut Connecticut Academic Performance
Test (CAPT)
10 Criterion-referenced,
  Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) 5, 8 Criterion-referenced,
Delaware Delaware Student Testing Program
4, 6, 8, 11 Norm-referenced,
District of Columbia DC Comprehensive Assessment
5, 8 Criterion-referenced
  DC Comprehensive Assessment
System Biology
9-12 Criterion-referenced
Florida Florida Comprehensive Assessment
5, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency
Test (CRCT)
3, 4, 5 Criterion-referenced
  End-of-Course Test (EOCT) 6-11 Criterion-referenced
Hawaii Hawaii State Science Assessment 5, 7, 11 Criterion-referenced
Idaho Idaho State Achievement Test 5, 7, 10 Criterion-referenced (multiple choice)
Illinois Illinois Standards Achievement Test
4, 7 Augmented norm-referenced
  Prairie State Achievement
11 Augmented criterion-referenced
Iowa Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) 5, 8 Norm-referenced
  Iowa Test of Education Development 11 Norm-referenced
Kansas Kansas State Assessment 4, 7, 11 Criterion-referenced
Kentucky Kentucky Core Content Test 4, 7, 11 Criterion-referenced
Louisiana Graduation Exit Examination (GEE) 11 Criterion-referenced
  Integrated Louisiana Educational
Assessment Program (iLEAP)
3, 5-7 Augmented norm-referenced
  Louisiana Educational Assessment
Program (LEAP)
4, 8 Criterion-referenced
Maryland Maryland School Assessment (MSA) 5, 8, End-of-Course
Biology 9-12
Massachusetts Massachusetts Comprehensive
Assessment System (MCAS)
5, 8-10 Criterion-referenced
Michigan Michigan Educational Assessment
Program (MEAP)
5, 8 Criterion-referenced
  Michigan Merit Examination 11 Augmented norm-referenced
Minnesota Minnesota Comprehensive
Assessments-Series II (MCA-II)
5, 8, End-of-Course
Biology 9-12
Mississippi Elementary/Middle Grades Science
5, 8 Criterion-referenced
  Mississippi Subject Area Testing
Program, High School End-of-Course
Test: Biology
9-12 Criterion-referenced
Missouri End-of-Course Exam: Biology 9-12 Criterion-referenced
  Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) 5, 8 Augmented Norm-referenced,
Montana Montana Comprehensive
Assessment System (MontCAS)
4, 8, 10 Criterion-referenced
Nebraska School-Based Teacher-Led
Assessment and Reporting System
4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
Nevada Criterion-Referenced Tests 5, 8 Criterion-referenced
  High School Proficiency Examination 10-12 Criterion-referenced
New Hampshire New England Common Assessment
Program Science
4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
New Jersey Biology Assessment 11
  New Jersey Skills & Knowledge
Assessment (NJ ASK)
3-8 Criterion-referenced
New Mexico New Mexico School Assessment
3-8, 11 Criterion-referenced
New York High School Regents Examination 9-12 Criterion-referenced
  Science Examination 4, 8 Criterion-referenced
North Carolina End-of-Course Exams (Biology,
Chemistry, Physics,
Physical Science)
9-12 Criterion-referenced
  End-of-Grade Assessment 5, 8 Criterion-referenced
North Dakota North Dakota State Assessment 4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
Ohio Ohio Achievement Test 3, 8 Criterion-referenced
  Ohio Graduation Test 10 Criterion-referenced
Oklahoma Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test 3, 8, End-of-
Instruction Biology I
(high school)
Oregon Oregon Assessment of Knowledge
and Skills Online
5, 8, 9-10 Criterion-referenced
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania System of School
Assessment (PSSA)
4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
Rhode Island New England Common Assessment
Program Science
4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
South Carolina End-of-Course Examination Program
(EOCEP)(when course taken for
8-12 Criterion-referenced
  Palmetto Assessment of State
Standards (PASS)
3-8 Criterion-referenced
South Dakota Achievement Series Assessments 1-12 Criterion-referenced
  Dakota Assessment of Content
Standards (DACS)
2-12 Criterion-referenced
  South Dakota State Test of
Educational Progress (STEP)
3-8, 11 Criterion-referenced
Tennessee Tennessee Comprehensive
Assessment Program Achievement
3-8 Criterion-referenced
  Tennessee Comprehensive
Assessment Program End-of-Course
9-12 Criterion-referenced
Texas End-of-Course (optional until the
201112 school year)
11, 12 Criterion-referenced
  Texas Assessment of Knowledge
and Skills (TAKS)
5, 8, 10, 11 Criterion-referenced
Utah Science Core Criterion-Referenced
4-12 Criterion-referenced
Vermont New England Common Assessment
Program Science
4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
Virginia End-of-Course Assessments 9-12 Criterion-referenced
  Standards of Learning Assessments
3, 5, 8 Criterion-referenced
Washington High School Proficiency Examination 10-12 Criterion-referenced
  Measurements of Student Progress 5, 8 Criterion-referenced
West Virginia West Virginia Educational Standards
3-11 Criterion-referenced
Wisconsin Wisconsin Knowledge & Concepts
Examinations (WKCE)
4, 8, 10 Criterion-referenced
Wyoming Proficiency Assessments for
Wyoming Students (PAWS)
4, 8, 11 Criterion-referenced
— Not available.
NOTE: Criterion-referenced: An assessment that is aligned with a state's academic standards and thus intended primarily to measure students' performance with respect to those standards, rather than to the performance of their peers nationally. Norm-referenced: An assessment designed primarily to compare the performance of students with that of their peers nationally. Such tests do not generally measure how students perform in relation to a state's own academic standards. Augmented norm-referenced or augmented criterion-referenced: An assessment that includes the addition of specific assessment items to an existing instrument to improve the alignment of the test with a state's standards.
SOURCE: Statewide Student Assessment: 200910, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010. Data Source.

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