Statewide High School Assessments Data Explorer

High school students across the country take a variety of assessments for different purposes. Achieve has long tracked states’ assessments and how they matter for students and for schools. Historically, the assessments that mattered for students — the ones that have currency in higher education and with employers — rarely factored into school accountability, and the ones that mattered for schools often did not matter to schools. With states’ recent transitions to new assessments and accountability systems, we wanted to know more about how these varied assessments, with varied purposes, matter for students and schools, and whether states are making progress towards a coherent set of policies where all assessments have meaning for schools and students.

The below data explorer details each state's required 2018-19 high school assessments in mathematics, ELA, science, social studies, and career readiness and how those assessments matter for students and schools. The tool also allows for state-to-state comparisons. Select and filter by state(s), whether the assessment matters for students and/or schools, and by subject area. Click on any of the column headers to sort the data. Click on each assessment name option to view a complete profile of the assessment, including the grade(s) student take the assessment, which students take the assessment, additional specifics on how the assessment matters for students and/or schools, and a source link for the information. Alongside the data explorer, we've published a brief that dives into trends across states and additional information about state assessments in grades 3-8

Read more about the data.

Statesort descending Assessment Name Subject Area Does this matter for students?
This indicates whether students’ performance on this assessment has impacts for them, individually, as it relates to course grades or graduating from high school.
Does this matter for schools?
This indicates how student performance on these assessments is used in statewide accountability systems for schools.
Statewide Postsecondary Policy
This indicates whether a statewide policy exists to place students into credit-bearing coursework in postsecondary public institutions based on this high school assessment.
Alabama

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Arizona

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Arkansas

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Idaho

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Kentucky

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Louisiana

Assessment Name

English III

Subject

ELA

Matters for Students

YesFactored into course grade

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Maryland

Assessment Name

Maryland High School Assessment American Government (MHSA Government)

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Nevada

Assessment Name

Math I Emphasis on Algebra I/Integrated Mathematics I

Subject

Mathematics

Matters for Students

YesFactored into course grade

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Nevada

Assessment Name

Math II Emphasis on Geometry/Integrated Mathematics II

Subject

Mathematics

Matters for Students

YesFactored into course grade

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Jersey

Assessment Name

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) English 11 EOC

Subject

ELA

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Mexico

Assessment Name

U.S. History EOC

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Mexico

Assessment Name

U.S. Government EOC

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Mexico

Assessment Name

Economics EOC

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Mexico

Assessment Name

New Mexico History EOC

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Mexico

Assessment Name

Geography EOC

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

New Mexico

Assessment Name

World History and Geography EOC

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

North Dakota

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Tennessee

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Tennessee

Assessment Name

U.S. History & Geography

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesFactored into course grade

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Utah

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Geometry SOL

Subject

Mathematics

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Algebra II SOL

Subject

Mathematics

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Earth Science SOL

Subject

Science

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Biology SOL

Subject

Science

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Chemistry SOL

Subject

Science

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

U.S. and Virginia History SOL

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Civics and Economics SOL

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

Economics and Personal Finance SOL

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (C.E.) SOL

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. (C.E.) to the Present SOL

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Virginia

Assessment Name

World Geography SOL

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesSee note

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?

Wisconsin

Assessment Name

Civics Test

Subject

Social Studies

Matters for Students

YesPassing score required to graduate

Matters for Schools

No

Statewide Postsecondary Policy?