Education Week - February 15, 2017 - 8
STATE ASSESSMENT PLANS, 2016-17
More States Turn
To SAT, ACT Tests
For High Schools
Education Week has tracked states' testing plans annually for the past three years. This year's
survey found one less state than the year before using the PARCC or Smarter Balanced tests.
Four more states require students to take college-admissions tests this year.
Which States Use PARCC or Smarter Balanced?
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only a handful used college-admissions tests
for that purpose. The Every Student Succeeds
Act, enacted a year ago, invites states to use college-admissions tests to measure achievement.
Here's how states' assessment plans break
down in 2016-17, illustrating a few key trends:
Most states have rejected PARCC and
Smarter Balanced tests.
* Nineteen states and the District of
Columbia will administer PARCC or
Smarter Balanced tests in 2016-17. That's
one fewer than last year and nine fewer
than two years ago.
States using PARCC
or Smarter Balanced
(19 + D.C.)
* Twenty-eight states are using tests
they designed or purchased.
States using non-consortium
* Three states give tests that are a blend of
their own, home-designed questions and
items from PARCC or Smarter Balanced.
States that use tests that
blend their own questions
with questions from PARCC
or Smarter Balanced (3)
* PARCC and Smarter Balanced have lost
ground most acutely at the high school
level. In 2016-17, seven states will use one
of those tests only in grades 9 or lower.
Last year, six states fit that pattern.
How are States Using the SAT/ACT?
High school testing continues to tilt toward
the SAT or ACT.
* Twenty-five states require students to
take the SAT or ACT, four more than
* A dozen of those states use the ACT
or SAT for federal accountability
reporting, the same number as last year.
For most of those states, the collegeadmissions tests have replaced other
high school tests, becoming the only way
states measure and report high school
achievement to the federal government.
States that require students
to take the SAT or ACT (25)
that use SAT or ACT for
federal accountability (12)
Which States Require Exit Exams?
Last year, several states paired the
ACT or SAT with other state exams,
using the college-admissions tests to
measure college readiness and another
test to measure achievement. Only
one state, Mississippi, still uses that
approach. Testing experts have raised
questions about the use of collegeadmissions tests to measure students'
mastery of academic standards.
(See Education Week, Jan. 6, 2016.)
Fewer states require students to pass a test
to graduate from high school.
States that require students
to pass a test to graduate
from high school (12)
* Twelve states require students to pass
a test in order to receive a high school
diploma, two fewer than last year. In
most of those states, students must
sit for a standardized test, or they can
choose among several standardized tests.
In some states, students have a menu of
options by which they can earn diplomas,
including doing extended projects or
presenting a portfolio of work. But they
still must demonstrate mastery in those
presentations to get a diploma.
Visit the HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND blog, which tracks news
and trends on this issue. www.edweek.org/blogs
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