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Table 8.4.1. Science statewide assessments in grades 3–8, by state: 2017–18

State Assessment name1 Grade administered Assessment included in
accountability system
Alabama Scantron 5, 7 No
Alaska Alaska Science Assessment 4, 8 No
Arizona Arizona’s Instrument to Measure
Standards (AIMS) Science
4, 8 No
Arkansas ACT Aspire 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Yes
California2 California Science Test 5, 8 No
Colorado Colorado Measures of Academic
Success (CMAS) Science
Assessment
5, 8 Yes
Connecticut2 Next Generation Science
Standards Assessment
5, 8 Yes
Delaware2 Delaware Comprehensive
Assessment System (DCAS)
Science
5, 8 Yes
District of Columbia3 DC Next Generation Science
Assessment
5, 8 No
Florida Statewide Science Assessment 5, 8 Yes
Georgia Georgia Milestones Assessment
System
5, 8 Yes
Hawaii Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)
in science
4, 8 No
Idaho Idaho Standards Achievement
Tests (ISAT) Science
5, 7 No
Illinois Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 5, 8 Yes
Indiana Indiana Statewide Testing for
Educational Progress Plus
(ISTEP+) Science
4, 6 No
Iowa Iowa Assessments 5, 8 No
Kansas Kansas Assessment Program 5, 8 No
Kentucky Kentucky Performance Rating for
Educational Progress (K--PREP)
for science
4, 7 Yes
Louisiana2 Louisiana Educational Assessment
Program (LEAP) 2025 Science
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Yes
Maine Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for science 5, 8 No
Maryland Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) 5, 8 Yes
Massachusetts Massachusetts Comprehensive
Assessment System (MCAS) for
science and technology/engineering
5, 8 Yes
Michigan Michigan Student Test of
Educational Progress (M-STEP)
4, 7 No
Minnesota Minnesota Comprehensive
Assessments (MCAs)
5, 8 No
Mississippi Mississippi Academic Assessment
Program, Science (MAAP-SCI)
5, 8 Yes
Missouri Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)
Grade Level Assessment in science
5, 8 No
Montana Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) in science 4, 8 Yes
Nebraska Nebraska Student-Centered
Assessment System (NSCAS): Science
5, 8 Yes
Nevada Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRT) for science 5, 8 Yes
New Hampshire New Hampshire Statewide Assessment
System (SAS) in science
5, 8 No
New Jersey New Jersey Student Learning
Assessment – Science (NJSLA-S)
(Field Test)
5, 8 No
New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in science 4, 7 Yes
New York New York State Elementary-Level
Science Test and New York State
Intermediate-Level Science Test
4, 8 Yes
North Carolina North Carolina READY End-of-Grade
Tests of Science
5, 8 Yes
  North Carolina Final Exams (NCFEs) 4, 6, 7 Yes
North Dakota North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) for science 4, 8 No
Ohio Ohio State Test (OST) 5, 8 Yes
Oklahoma Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests in science 5, 8 Yes
Oregon Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and
Skills (OAKS) for science
5, 8 No
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
(PSSA) Science
4, 8 Yes
Rhode Island2 Rhode Island Next Generation Science
Assessment (NGSA)
4, 8 Yes
South Carolina South Carolina Palmetto Assessment
of State Standards (SCPASS)
in science
4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Yes
South Dakota South Dakota Science 5, 8 No
Tennessee TNReady 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Yes
Texas State of Texas Assessments of
Academic Readiness (STAAR) Science
5, 8 Yes
Utah Student Assessment of Growth
and Excellence (SAGE) Science
4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Yes
Vermont2 Vermont Science Assessment 4, 8 Yes
Virginia4 Standards of Learning (SOL) for science 5, 8 No
Washington Washington Comprehensive Assessment
of Science
5, 8 No
West Virginia West Virginia General Summative
Assessment (WVGSA) of Science
4, 6 No
Wisconsin Wisconsin Forward Exam 4, 8 No
Wyoming Wyoming Test of Proficiency and
Progress (WY-TOPP) Science
4, 8 No
1 States do not assess students in science on an annual basis. The science assessments listed in this table are the ones that the state administers to students in appropriate grades.
2 Administered as a field test in 2017–18.
3 Due to challenges with the assessment vendor, the District of Columbia was not able to administer a science assessment in 2017–18.
4 In Virginia, some middle schools offer Earth Science in 8th grade and those students take the End of Course test.
SOURCE: Achieve, 2017–18 State Science Assessments in Grades 3–8, retrieved September 20, 2018 from https://www.achieve.org/publications/2017–18-state-science-assessments-grades-3–8. Data Source