Appendix N. Scan of State Assessment Systems



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Appendix N. Scan of State Assessment Systems


State

Assessment

Content Area
or Course


Grade(s)

Outcome Description

Testing Period

Type or Delivery Mode

Item Types1

Required Y/N

Notes

Alabama

ACCESS for ELLs

Reading, writing, speaking, listening

K–12

English language proficiency

Spring

Computer-based, with paper-pencil version available

SR, CR, performance based, interactive items

Y

K test is paper-pencil




ACT Aspire

English, reading, writing, mathematics, science

3–8, 10

Proficiency on state standards, college and career readiness

Spring

Computer-based and/or paper-pencil

SR, CR

Y







ACT Explore

English, mathematics, reading, science

8

College and career readiness

Fall




MC




ACT Explore and ACT Plan have evolved into ACT Aspire.




ACT Plus Writing

English, mathematics, reading, science, writing

11

College and career readiness

Spring

Computer-based

MC, CR for writing portion










ACT QualityCore end-of-course (EOC)

English 10

10

Proficiency on course standards

Fall, Spring







Y







ACT QualityCore EOC

Algebra I

Course grade

Proficiency on course standards

Fall, Spring







Y







ACT WorkKeys

Applied mathematics, reading for information, locating information

12

Career readiness

Spring

Computer-based

MC










Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA)

English language arts, mathematics

3–8, 10

Proficiency on state standards

Yearlong

Criterion-referenced

Portfolio

Y







Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA)

Science

5, 7, 11

Proficiency on state standards

Yearlong

Criterion-referenced

Portfolio

Y




Alaska

Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP)

English language arts (ELA), mathematics

3–10

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Computer-based (fixed form in 2015–16, adaptive in 2016–17 and thereafter); paper-pencil available for schools that are not technologically ready

Few MCs; items that will require students to analyze, perform multi-step tasks, solve problems, and apply what they know to new situations

Y

Accommodations are available to students with disabilities and English language learners for all Alaska assessments.




AMP

Science

4, 8, 10

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Computer-based, with paper-pencil available




Y

First administration of AMP science (assessing same content) in Spring 2016.




Kindergarten Development Profile

Physical well-being, health, and motor development; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; cognition and general knowledge; communication, language, and literacy

K–1

School readiness

Fall

Observation-based




Y







Early Literacy Screeners

Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development (oral skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension)

K–2 and students in grade 3 identified as delayed in grade 2

School readiness

Yearlong







Y

Screeners (interim assessments) are chosen by districts from a list of state-approved tools.




Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment

ELA, mathematics

3–10

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Computer-based

Embedded tasks

Y







Alaska Alternate Assessment

Science

4, 8, 10

Proficiency on state standards










Y







ACCESS for ELLs

Reading, writing, speaking, listening

K–12

English language proficiency

Spring

Computer-based, with paper-pencil version available (note that K test is paper-pencil)

SR, CR, performance based, interactive items

Y







SAT, ACT, or ACT WorkKeys

SAT: reading, writing and language, mathematics; ACT: English, reading, math, science; WorkKeys: Applied mathematics, reading for information, locating information

11

College and career readiness

November–April (windows vary)

ACT: computer-based; SAT: paper-pencil; WorkKeys: paper-pencil and computer-based versions available

MC, CR

Y

Students are required to take one of the three assessments.


American Samoa

Standards Based Assessment (SBA)

Reading, mathematics, writing

3–8, 10

Proficiency on state standards










Y







SBA

Science

4, 7, 11

Proficiency on state standards










Y







SBA

Social studies

5, 8, 12

Proficiency on state standards













Tool is currently under development. No update as of January 2016.




Stanford Achievement Test

Reading, mathematics




Performance relative to peers













Assessment is used to compare achievement of American Samoa students with that of U.S. students.




English Language Proficiency Tool

Reading, writing, speaking, listening




English language proficiency













Tool is currently under development. No update as of January 2016.

Arizona

Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT)

English language arts (ELA), mathematics

3–8

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Paper-pencil and computer-based versions available

MC, CR (writing portion/editing tasks)

Y







AzMERIT

ELA, Geometry, Algebra I and II

9–11

Proficiency on state standards, EOC

Fall, Spring

Paper-pencil and computer-based versions available

MC, CR (writing portion/editing tasks)

Y







Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

Science

4, 8, high school

Proficiency on state standards

Spring




MC

Y







National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC Alternate Assessment

ELA, mathematics

3–8, 11

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Computer-based

SR, CR

Y







AIMS Alternate

(AIMS A)


Science

4, 8, 10

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Paper-pencil and computer-based (multiple choice section may be completed online)

MC, performance tasks

Y







Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)

Reading, writing, speaking, listening

K–12

English language proficiency

Fall, Spring







Y

Used as placement and reassessment test.




U.S. Citizenship Test

Civics

High school

Citizenship competency







MC

Y

Beginning with the class of 2017, students must correctly answer at least 60 percent of the 100-question test, based on U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics questions.

Arkansas

ACT Aspire

English, reading, mathematics, science, writing

3–10

Proficiency on state standards, college and career readiness

Spring

Computer-based, with paper-pencil version available

MC, CR, TEI

Y







National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment

English language arts, mathematics

3–8, 11

Proficiency on state standards

Spring

Computer-based

SR, CR

Y






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