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Table 8.2.2. English language arts (ELA) statewide high school assessments, by state: 2017–18

State Assessment name Grade taken Student participation
Alabama ACT Plus Writing 11 All students
  ACT WorkKeys 12 All students
Alaska Performance Evaluation for Alaska's
School (PEAKS)
9, 10 All students
Arizona Arizona’s Measurement of Educational
Readiness to Inform Teaching
(AzMERIT) ELA End of Course (EOC)
in English 9
EOC All students
  AzMERIT EOC in English 10 EOC All students
  AzMERIT EOC in English 11 EOC All students
Arkansas ACT Aspire Early High School 9, 10 All students
  ACT 11 All students
California California Assessment of Student
Performance and Progress (CASPP)
Smarter Balanced (ELA)
11 All students
Colorado PSAT 9, 10 All students
  SAT 11 All students
Connecticut SAT 11 All students
Delaware PSAT 10 All students
  SAT 11, 12 All students
District of Columbia1 Partnership for Assessment of
Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
English I EOC
EOC All students
  PARCC English II EOC EOC All students
  PARCC English III EOC EOC Local option
  SAT 11, 12 All eligible students2
Florida Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English 10 10 All students
Georgia Georgia Milestones Assessment
System 9th Grade Literature and
Composition
EOC All students
  Georgia Milestones American
Literature and Composition
EOC All students
Hawaii Smarter Balanced (ELA) 11 All students
  ACT Plus Writing 11 All students
Idaho Idaho Standards Achievement Tests
(ISATs) (Smarter Balanced ELA)
10 All students
Illinois SAT 11 All students
Indiana3 Indiana Statewide Testing for
Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+)
aligned to Indiana State Standards End
of Course Assessment (ECA) in
English 10
10 All students
Iowa Iowa Assessments (ELA) 11 All students
Kansas Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)
ELA
10 All students
Kentucky Kentucky EOC Field Test – English II EOC All students
  K-PREP (Writing) 11 All students
  ACT 11 All students
  ACT WorkKeys or Kentucky
Occupational Skills Standards
Assessment (KOSSA)
High school Local option
Louisiana English II EOC EOC All students
  English III EOC EOC All students
  ACT 11 All students
  ACT WorkKeys 11 Primarily for students in grade 11
who are on track for a Jump Start
diploma
Maine SAT 11 All students
Maryland PARCC English II EOC 10 All students
Massachusetts Massachusetts Comprehensive
Assessment System (MCAS): ELA
10 All students
Michigan4 Michigan Merit Exam (MME) (SAT with
Essay, ACT WorkKeys)
11 All students
  PSAT 9, 10 All students
Minnesota Minnesota Comprehensive
Assessments (MCA): ELA
10 All students
Mississippi Mississippi Academic Assessment
Program (MAAP): English II
EOC All students
  ACT 11 All students
Missouri English I EOC EOC Local option
  English II EOC EOC All students
  ACT 11 All students
Montana ACT Plus Writing 11 All students
Nebraska ACT 11 All students
Nevada5 ELA English 10 EOC All students
  ACT Plus Writing 11 All students
New Hampshire SAT 11 All students
New Jersey6 PARCC English 9 EOC EOC All students
  PARCC English 10 EOC EOC All students
  PARCC English 11 EOC EOC All students
New Mexico7 PARCC English I EOC EOC All students
  PARCC English II EOC EOC All students
  PARCC English III EOC EOC All students
New York Regents English Language Arts Exam EOC All students
North Carolina North Carolina READY EOC in English II EOC All students
  PreACT 10 All students
  ACT 11 All students
  ACT WorkKeys 11 Seniors who are career and
technical education (CTE)
concentrators
North Dakota8 North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) 10 All students
  ACT/ACT WorkKeys 11 District option
Ohio ACT or SAT 11 Local option
  English Language Arts I EOC All students
  English Language Arts II EOC All students
Oklahoma9 SAT 10 All students
Oregon Smarter Balanced (ELA) 11 All students
Pennsylvania Keystone Exam in Literature EOC All students
Rhode Island SAT 11 Optional
  PSAT 10 Optional
South Carolina End of Course Examination Program
(EOCEP) in English I
EOC All students
  ACT 11 All students
  ACT WorkKeys 11 All students
South Dakota Smarter Balanced (ELA) 11 All students
Tennessee TN Ready English I EOC EOC All students
  TN Ready English II EOC EOC All students
  TN Ready English III EOC EOC All students
  ACT 11 All students
Texas State of Texas Assessments of
Academic Readiness (STAAR) EOC in
English I
EOC All students
  STAAR EOC in English II EOC All students
  STAAR EOC in English III EOC District option
Utah Student Assessment of Growth and
Excellence (SAGE) EOC in Writing 9
EOC All students
  SAGE EOC in Writing 10 EOC All students
  SAGE EOC in Writing 11 EOC All students
  SAGE EOC in Reading, Language and
Listening 9
EOC All students
  SAGE EOC in Reading, Language and
Listening 10
EOC All students
  SAGE EOC in Reading, Language and
Listening 11
EOC All students
  ACT 11 All students
Vermont Smarter Balanced (ELA) 9 All students
Virginia Reading Standards of Learning (SOL) EOC All students
  Writing SOL EOC All students
Washington10 Smarter Balanced (ELA) 11 All students
West Virginia SAT 11 All students
Wisconsin ACT Aspire Early High School 9, 10 All students
  ACT Plus Writing 11 All students
Wyoming Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress
(WY-TOPP)
9, 10 All students
  ACT Plus Writing 11 All students
1 It will be a local option in 2017–18 to administer the PARCC English III assessment.
2 If an eligible student is present at school on SAT school day, they are expected to take the SAT exam.
3 In 2015–16, the ISTEP+ Grade 10 Assessment (ELA and mathematics) became the state’s accountability exam. The ECAs (aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards (IAS) 2000 Algebra I, 2006 English 10 standards) will be available for retakes through the 2018–19 school year.
4 The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is comprised of the SAT with Essay, ACT WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative assessments in science and social studies.
5 The State Board of Education adopted a phased implementation of EOC finals. In the 2017–18 school year, there is no percentage requirement, and districts have the discretion to set a percentage of the student's final grade. In the 2018–19 school year, the EOCs count for 10% of course grade; in the 2019–20 school year, the EOCs count for 15% of course grade; and for the 2020–21 school year and beyond, the EOCs count for 20% of the course grade.
6 For the classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018, students will be able to satisfy the state requirements of demonstrating proficiency in ELA in several ways. For ELA, students may achieve a passing score on a PARCC ELA assessment in grades 9, 10 or 11 or achieve a passing score on a Substitute Competency Test or meet the criteria of the New Jersey Department of Education Portfolio Appeal.
7 Students in grades 9–11 must take their grade-level PARCC ELA tests, unless they are enrolled in a higher level ELA course. In that case, they may take the PARCC ELA test corresponding to their course. Students in grades 9–11 enrolled in a course lower than their grade level must take their grade-level PARCC test.
8 The ACT and WorkKeys is administered to all students. North Dakota also gives districts an option to use grade 11 ACT in lieu of grade 11 NDSA for high school accountability assessments in ELA and mathematics.
9 Oklahoma will allow local education agencies to choose the ACT, a locally selected, nationally recognized high school assessment as allowed under section 1111(b)(2)(H), in place of the SAT state assessment in reading/language arts and mathematics in high school for accountability purposes in spring 2018.
10 Beginning with the class of 2019, the state will use the Smarter Balanced exam in ELA and math for graduation.
NOTE: In this table, EOC represents End of Course assessments and PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
SOURCE: Achieve, 2017–18 State High School English Language Arts/Literacy Assessments, retrieved September 20, 2018 from https://www.achieve.org/publications/2017%E2%80%9318-state-high-school-english-language-artsliteracy-assessments. Data Source