Table 2.5. Science statewide high school assessments and grade administered, by state: 2015–16

State Assessment name Grade administered
Alabama ACT QualityCore Physics End-of-Course (EOC)   Students are assessed in science on both ACT Aspire and the ACT. Only students who take physics or chemistry will take EOC for those courses.
ACT QualityCore Chemistry EOC    
ACT Aspire    
ACT    
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 sciences course.
Arkansas ACT Aspire   Grades 9-10
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 (grades 10-12).
Illinois Illinois State Science Assessment   Grade 10
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 one of 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.
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 1 Grades 11-12
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  
  Biology EOC  
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. To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, students must earn two verified credits in science.
Biology SOL    
Chemistry SOL    
Washington Biology EOC   Students take the assessment upon completion of the course.
West Virginia WESTEST 2 Science   Grade 11
Wisconsin ACT Aspire   Grades 9-10
ACT   Grade 11
Wyoming ACT   Grade 11
— Not available.
1 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.
NOTE: In this table, EOC represents End-of-Course assessments.
SOURCE: Achieve, States' High School Science Assessments in 2015–16, retrieved February 8, 2016 from http://www.achieve.org/files/HS_Science_Assessments_Table_2015-16_0.pdf. Data Source.