Your Guide to 2018 State Testing

Find out which states require which tests with our interactive map below.

The state-mandated testing landscape has shifted in the past few years due, in most part, to state officials choosing exams that align with Common Core standards. In 2018, a handful of states still stand by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), or other state-specific assessments. Yet there are a number of states that have chosen the SAT or ACT as their official exam after SBAC and PARCC began to lose popularity.

To put it in perspective, when SBAC and PARCC were in their heydays, “23 states signed up for Smarter Balanced, and PARCC was adopted by 23 states and the District of Columbia,” according to EdSurge. Today, only six states administer PARCC, while nine administer SBAC, thus opening up windows of opportunity for the SAT and ACT.

It’s important to stay updated on what seems to be a constantly changing testing landscape. Check out our interactive map and accompanying table below to learn more!

Note: The map and table outline high school required tests only.

Hover over each state to view the required test(s):

StateRequired TestOther Required Test(s)
AlabamaACTACT Aspire, WorkKeys
AlaskaPerformance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS)
ArkansasACT Aspire
District of ColumbiaSATPARCC
FloridaFlorida Standards Assessment (FSA) End-of-course tests
GeorgiaGeorgia Milestones
IndianaIndiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+)End-of-course tests
IowaIowa Assessments
KansasKansas Assessment Program (KAP)
KentuckyACTKentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP), ACT QualityCore
LouisianaACTEnd-of-course tests
MassachusettsMassachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
MichiganSATPSAT, WorkKeys
MinnesotaMinnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)
MississippiACTMississippi Assessment Program (MAP)
MissouriACTEnd-of-course tests
NevadaACTEnd-of-course tests
New HampshireSAT
New JerseyPARCC
New MexicoPARCC
New YorkRegents Exams
North CarolinaACTEnd-of-course tests
North DakotaACTSBAC, WorkKeys
OhioSAT/ACTEnd-of-course tests
OklahomaOklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP)
PennsylvaniaKeystone Exams
Rhode IslandPARCC
South CarolinaACTEnd-of-course tests, WorkKeys
South DakotaSBAC
TennesseeSAT/ACTEnd-of-course tests
TexasState of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End-of-course tests
UtahACTStudent Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE)
VirginiaStandards of Learning (SOL)
West VirginiaSBAC
WisconsinACTACT Aspire
WyomingACTACT Aspire

Make sure to check with your school for specific testing dates, times, and other test administration information.

Data pulled from EdWeek.