Table 8.1. State-level assessments required in grades kindergarten through grade 3, by state: 2018
|Type of required assessment in kindergarten-grade 3|
|Alaska||Yes||An approved early literacy screening assessment
must be administered to students in
kindergarten-grade 2 and to students in grade 3
who are experiencing delays in attaining literacy.
|Arizona||Yes||Districts must provide universal screenings
in prekindergarten and
kindergarten-grade 3 to identify
students with reading deficiencies.
|Arkansas||Yes||Kindergarten-grade 4 assessments must be administered in
English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
|California||Yes||Assessments are required for grade 3.|
|Colorado||Yes||Local kindergarten-grade 3
reading assessments are required.
|Connecticut||Yes||Kindergarten-grade 3 reading assessments
are required to be included in the statewide reading plan.
|Delaware||Yes||Districts must assess kindergarten-grade 2 students
for progress toward meeting state standards.
Grade 3 students are administered accountability
and growth assessments in ELA and mathematics.
|District of Columbia||Yes||Readiness evaluation must be administered in kindergarten-grade 3
to measure a student’s reading and mathematics readiness for the next grade.
|Florida||Yes||The statewide, standardized reading assessment is administered annually in
grades 3-10. The statewide, standardized writing assessment is
administered annually at least once at the elementary, middle, and
high school levels. An ELA assessment is administered to students
in grades 3-10. Science assessments are administered annually at least
once at the elementary and middle grade levels.
Mathematics assessments are administered annually in grades 3-10.
|Georgia||Yes||Kindergartners must be assessed using the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory
of Developing Skills (GKIDS). Students in grades 1-3 must be assessed in
reading and mathematics.
|Idaho||Yes||Kindergarten-grade 3 reading assessments are required.|
|Illinois||Yes||Schools must annually assess students in grade 3 in language arts,
mathematics, and science.
|Indiana||Yes||The State Department of Education must develop a reading plan
to include formative and summative assessments for:
students in kindergarten-grade 2 in phonemic awareness,
phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension;
and students in grade 3 and higher in vocabulary and comprehension;
and students in grade 3 in vocabulary and comprehension
related to content knowledge.
|Iowa||Yes||Districts must assess kindergarten-grade 3 students at the beginning
of each school year in reading or reading readiness.
|Kansas||Yes||Each school district is required to annually determine a child's mathematics
and reading skills and progression using state assessments or
other diagnostic assessments that meet state standards
for kindergarten-grade 3.
|Kentucky||Yes||Every elementary school must provide diagnostic reading assessments.|
|Louisiana||Yes||Literacy screenings are required for every child enrolled in kindergarten-grade 3.|
|Maine||Yes||At every grade level, students take a statewide assessment in reading,
mathematics, and science.
|Maryland||Yes||Reading assessments are administered in grade 3.|
|Michigan||Yes||Assessments in ELA and mathematics must be administered in the fall and spring of each year
to students in kindergarten-grade 2. Mathematics and language arts summative
assessments are required for grade 3.
|Minnesota||Yes||Districts must assess students in reading at the end of kindergarten and grades 1 and 2.|
|Mississippi||Yes||The State Department of Education must select early
literacy and numeracy screening instruments
to be used in kindergarten-grade 3. Reading assessments must be administered in the first
30 days of the school year.
|Missouri||Yes||Districts are required to administer a reading assessment to students prior to the end of grade 3.
The Missouri Board of Education must create a list of recommended reading assessments
for kindergarten-grade 3 students.
|Montana||Yes||ELA and mathematics assessments must be administered in the spring to grade 3 students.|
|Nebraska||Yes||Reading and mathematics assessments are required for grade 3 students.|
|Nevada||Yes||Districts must develop a plan to improve the literacy of pupils in
kindergarten-grade 3, which
must include procedures for assessing a pupil’s proficiency in
reading using valid and reliable assessments approved by the Nevada Board of Education.
These assessments must be administered within the first 30 days of school after the pupil enters
kindergarten and during grades 1, 2, and 3.
|New Jersey||Yes||Assessments in mathematics and language arts are required in grade 3.|
|New Mexico||Yes||Students enrolled in a kindergarten-grade 3 Plus program must be assessed four times
during their school year. Students in grade 3 are required to take standards-based assessments
in mathematics, reading, and language arts. In one grade between grades 3 and 5 students must
take a standards-based assessment in science.
|New York||Yes||Districts must administer diagnostic screening of all new students. Statewide ELA
and mathematics exams are issued in grade 3.
|North Carolina||Yes||Students must be administered a reading assessment in kindergarten, first, second, and
third grade. Students in grade 3 must take assessments designed by the
state board of education that measure their progress in reading,
communication skills, and mathematics.
|North Dakota||Yes||Grade 3 students must be administered an assessment in reading and mathematics.|
|Ohio||Yes||Grade 3 students must take achievement assessments in ELA and
mathematics at the end of the school year.
|Oklahoma||Yes||State approved reading assessments are administered to students in kindergarten-grade 3 at the
beginning and end of each school year.
|Oregon||Yes||The Early Success Reading Initiative requires screening and continuous monitoring
of student's reading progress from kindergarten-grade 3 with research-based assessments.
|Rhode Island||Yes||All districts that provide elementary education are required to screen children prior to,
or upon, their first entry to school to determine their level of educational readiness.
Each local education agency shall develop a comprehensive assessment system
that includes measures of student performance for the purposes of formative, interim, and
summative evaluations of all students in each core content area.
|South Carolina||Yes||Districts must administer reading assessments to all prekindergarten-grade 12 students
a part of the state reading proficiency plan. The State Board of Education
is required to develop and implement formative assessment
program that includes the subjects of ELA,
mathematics, science, and social studies in grades 3-8.
|South Dakota||Yes||Students in grades 3-8 must take a state assessment in ELA and mathematics.|
|Tennessee||Yes||Assessments in ELA and mathematics are required in grade 3.|
|Texas||Yes||Districts must administer a state approved reading assessment in kindergarten-grade 2.
Statewide reading and mathematics assessment must be administered in grade 3.
|Utah||Yes||Statewide benchmark assessments must be administered to students in grades
1, 2, and 3 at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year
State standardized assessments in mathematics must also
be administered to students in grade 3.
|Vermont||Yes||Grade 3 students are assessed on reading proficiency.|
|Virginia||Yes||Students in kindergarten-grade 3 are required to take the Standards of Reading test
or any reading diagnostic test that meets the criteria established by the Department of Education.
|Washington||Yes||Grade 2 reading assessments are required.|
|West Virginia||Yes||Public school students enrolled in grades 3-11 must take the West Virginia general
summative assessment or the West Virginia summative assessment in ELA and mathematics.
|Wisconsin||Yes||Students in 4-year-old kindergarten through grade 2 must be assessed on their reading
readiness. A statewide standardized reading test must be administered to all students in grade 3.
|Wyoming||Yes||Students in grades 3-10 must complete a statewide assessment in ELA and mathematics.
District must administer a kindergarten-grade 3 reading assessment.
|— Not available.|
|† Not applicable.|
|1 The total reflects the number of "Yes" responses in the column.|
|2 No specific statewide kindergarten through grade 3 assessments are required in Pennsylvania statute; however, each school entity is charged with designing an assessment system to determine the degree to which students are achieving academic standards and to provide assistance to those students who are not achieving proficiency.|
|SOURCE: Education Commission of the States, 50-State Comparison: State Kindergarten Through Third Grade Policies, retrieved June 14, 2018 from http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/MBQuest2RTanw?rep=KK3Q1815. Data Source.|