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Table 155. -  States using minimum-competency testing, by government level setting standards, grade levels assessed, and expected uses of standards: 1995-96
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                   |                |                         Expected uses
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       State       |                | Student  |Improve-|         | Student  |         |  High  | Student |   Public   |            |
                   |     Grade      |diagnosis |ment of | Program |diagnosis | Student | school | awards  |   school   |            |
                   |     levels     |or place- |instruc-| evalua- |or place- | promo-  |gradua- |or recog-|performance | Accredita- |
                   |    assessed    | ment\1\  |tion\1\ | tion\1\ | ment\2\  |tion \2\ |tion\2\ |nition\3\|reporting\3\|  tion\3\   |       Other
___________________|________________|__________|________|_________|__________|_________|________|_________|____________|____________|___________________
         1         |       2        |    3     |   4    |    5    |    6     |    7    |   8    |    9    |     10     |     11     |        12
___________________|________________|__________|________|_________|__________|_________|________|_________|____________|____________|___________________
Alabama ...........|      3-12      |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |            |
Alaska.............|     4,8,11     |          |   X    |         |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Arizona ...........|     4,7,10     |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Arkansas ..........|  4,5,7,10,11   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
California ........|    9-12 \4\    |    X     |        |         |    X     |         |        |         |            |            |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Colorado \5\.......|                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Connecticut .......|    4,6,8,10    |    X     |   X    |    X    |    X     |         |        |    X    |     X      |            |
Delaware ..........|    3,5,8,10    |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Florida ...........|   4,8,10,11    |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |            |            |
Georgia ...........| K,3,5,8,11,12  |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |            |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Hawaii ............|  3,6,8,10-12   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |    X    |     X      |            |
Idaho .............|      3-11      |          |   X    |         |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Illinois ..........| 3,4,6-8,10,11  |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |     X      |
Indiana............|     3,6,10     |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |    X    |     X      |     X      |
Iowa \5\...........|                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Kansas ............|   3-5,7,8,10   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |     X      |
Kentucky ..........|   4,8,11,12    |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |    X    |            |            |
Louisiana .........|  K,3-7,10,11   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |    X    |   X    |    X    |     X      |            |
Maine..............|     4,8,11     |          |   X    |    X    |    X     |         |        |         |            |            |
Maryland ..........|    3,5,7-12    |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |     X      |       (\6\)
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Massachusetts .....|     4,8,10     |          |   X    |         |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Michigan ..........|   4,5,7,8,11   |          |   X    |    X    |    X     |         |        |    X    |     X      |     X      |       (\7\)
Minnesota \5\......|                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Mississippi .......|     4-9,11     |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |     X      |       (\6\)
Missouri ..........|3,5,6,8,10,11\8\|          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |     X      |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Montana............|     4,8,11     |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Nebraska \5\.......|                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Nevada ............|   4,8,11,12    |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |            |
New Hampshire .....|     3,6,10     |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |            |            |
New Jersey ........|    8,11,12     |    X     |   X    |         |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |     X      |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
New Mexico ........|  1-6,8,10-12   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |            |       (\6\)
New York ..........|    3-6,8-12    |          |   X    |    X    |    X     |    X    |   X    |         |     X      |            |      (\7,9\)
North Carolina ....|      3-10      |          |   X    |    X    |    X     |    X    |   X    |         |            |            |
North Dakota.......|    3,6,8,11    |    X     |   X    |    X    |    X     |         |        |         |            |            |
Ohio ..............|    4,6,8-12    |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |    X    |     X      |            |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Oklahoma ..........|  3,5-9,11,12   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |     X      |
Oregon ............|    3,5,8,11    |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Pennsylvania ......| 5,6,8,9,11\8\  |    X     |   X    |         |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Rhode Island.......|     4,8,10     |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
South Carolina ....|      3-11      |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |    X    |   X    |    X    |     X      |            |       (\6\)
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
South Dakota.......|     4,8,11     |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Tennessee .........|     2-9,11     |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |   X    |         |     X      |            |       (\7\)
Texas .............|   3-8,10-12    |    X     |   X    |    X    |    X     |         |   X    |         |     X      |     X      |
Utah ..............|    1-12 \4\    |    X     |   X    |    X    |    X     |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Vermont ...........|   4,8,10 \4\   |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
                   |                |          |        |         |          |         |        |         |            |            |
Virginia ..........|     4,6-12     |    X     |   X    |    X    |    X     |    X    |   X    |         |     X      |            |
Washington.........|     4,8,11     |    X     |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
West Virginia..... |      1-11      |          |   X    |         |          |         |        |         |            |     X      |       (\6\)
Wisconsin .........|    3,4,8,10    |          |        |    X    |          |         |        |         |     X      |            |
Wyoming ...........|    9-12 \8\    |          |   X    |    X    |          |         |        |         |            |            |
___________________|________________|__________|________|_________|__________|_________|________|_________|____________|____________|___________________

\1\Testing program is for instructional purposes.
\2\Testing program is for the purpose of student accountability.
\3\Testing program is for school accountability.
\4\Inclusion is voluntary for students, schools or school districts for one or more grades.
\5\States did not administer any statewide assessments for the 1995-96 school year.
\6\High school skills guarantee.
\7\Endorsed diploma.
\8\A sample of students is tested for one or more grades.
\9\Honors diploma.

SOURCE: Council of Chief State School Officers, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, "Annual Survey of State Student Assessment Programs, Fall 1996." (This table was prepared July 1997.)


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