Which Standardized Tests Does Each American State Require?
Below are highlights from the latest survey of testing plans. Scroll down to see the full results for 2019.
Which States Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced Standardized Tests?
Only ONE-THIRD of the states use the PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests.
- Fifteen states and the District of Columbia will administer PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests in the spring of 2019. That’s five fewer than in 2016 and 2017.
- Thirty-two states use tests they designed or bought.
- Three states give hybrid tests. Two mix their own questions with items from the PARCC/New Meridian item bank, and one adds its own questions onto the full Smarter Balanced test.
- Read more about the current state of common-core tests.
Which States Require Students to Take the SAT or ACT?
Requiring the ACT or SAT is HOLDING STEADY after a rise in popularity.
- Twenty-five states require students to take the SAT or ACT, the same number as in 2016 and 2017. That number had been climbing steadily—from seven states a decade ago— as states looked for ways to encourage students to go to college.
Which States Require Exit Exams?
Requiring exit exams is HOLDING STEADY after a decline.
- Thirteen states require students to pass a test to get a high school diploma, one more than in 2017. In some states, students can use projects or portfolios to meet this requirement. Exit exams used to be more popular: In 2002, more than half the states required them.
What tests are states requiring in 2018-19?
Below is a complete breakdown of results from our state survey.
|State Name||3-8 Test||High School Test||Exit Exam?||Notes|
|Alabama||Scantron||pre-ACT, ACT, ACT WorkKeys||No|
|Alaska||Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS)||PEAKS||No|
|Arizona||AZMerit||AZMerit end-of-course exam or substitutes||No||Districts may substitute other tests, such as SAT, ACT, IB or AP, for high school AZMerit.|
|Arkansas||ACT Aspire||ACT Aspire||No||All districts must offer ACT, but students not required to participate.|
|California||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced||No|
|Colorado||Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)||PSAT, SAT||No||CMAS is a mix of questions developed by Colorado and by PARCC/New Meridian.|
|Delaware||Smarter Balanced||PSAT, SAT||No|
|District of Columbia||PARCC||PARCC, SAT||No|
Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)
|FSA||Yes||Students must pass exit exams or achieve specified scores on ACT or SAT.|
|Georgia||Milestones||Georgia Milestones end-of-course exams||No|
|Hawaii||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced, ACT||No|
|Idaho||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced, SAT or ACT||No|
|Iowa||Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)||ISASP||No|
|Kansas||Kansas Assessment Program (KAP)||KAP||No|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP)||K-PREP, ACT||No|
|Louisiana||Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)||LEAP end-of-course tests||Yes||LEAP is a mix of questions designed by Louisiana and by PARCC/New Meridian. Students may substitute WorkKeys for ACT.|
|Maine||Maine Educational Assessment (MEA)||SAT||No|
|Massachusetts||Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)||MCAS||Yes|
|Michigan||Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP), PSAT||PSAT, SAT, ACT WorkKeys||No||M-STEP includes Michigan-designed questions and the Smarter Balanced test.|
|Minnesota||Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)||MCA||No|
|Mississippi||Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP)||MAAP, ACT||Yes||Students must pass MAAP end-of-course exams, or use other options, including achieving specified scores on the ACT or grades in dual-credit courses.|
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)
|MAP end-of-course tests||No|
|Nebraska||Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS)||ACT||No|
|New Hampshire||New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS), *Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) (some districts)||SAT||No||*11 districts give NHSAS in grades 3-4 and 6-8, and use locally designed performance assessments (PACE) in other tested grades.|
|NewJersey||PARCC||PARCC||Yes||Students must pass PARCC or use other options, including achieving specified scores on the ACT or SAT.|
|NewYork||New York State Assessments||Regents Examinations||Yes|
|North Carolina||End-of-Grade Tests||North Carolina End-of-Course Tests, ACT||No||WorkKeys required of students completing career-technical education courses of study.|
|NorthDakota||North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA)||NDSA||No||Students must take ACT or WorkKeys. Districts may substitute ACT for state high school test.|
|Ohio||Ohio’s State Tests||OST end-of-course exams, ACT or SAT||Yes||Students must pass end-of-course exams, or achieve specified scores on other tests, such as ACT or SAT.|
Oklahoma School Testing Program
|ACT or SAT||No||Districts choose between ACT and SAT.|
|Oregon||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced||No|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)||Keystone end-of-course tests||No|
|Rhode Island||Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS)||PSAT, SAT||No|
|South Carolina||SCReady||end-of-course tests, Ready to Work||No|
|South Dakota||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced||No|
|Tennessee||TNReady||TNReady end-of-course tests, ACT or SAT||No||Districts choose between ACT or SAT.|
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
|STAAR end-of-course tests||Yes|
|Utah||Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE)||Utah Aspire Plus, ACT||No||Utah Aspire Plus blends Utah-developed items and items from ACT Aspire.|
|Vermont||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced||No|
|Virginia||Standards of Learning (SOL)||SOL end-of-course exams||Yes||Students must pass SOL exams or achieve specified scores on other tests, including ACT, SAT, AP or IB.|
|Washington||Smarter Balanced||Smarter Balanced||Yes||Students must pass Smarter Balanced, or use other options, including achieving specified scores on ACT, SAT, AP or IB.|
|West Virginia||West Virginia General Summative Assessment||SAT||No|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Forward||ACT Aspire, ACT, ACT WorkKeys||No|
|Wyoming||Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP)||WY-TOPP, ACT||No|