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Students in grades 3-11 are now required to take the PARCC Assessment.

Testing requirements have changed over the years. One of the biggest changes in 2014-15 is the switch from the state-mandated Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to the PARCC Assessment (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). PARCC will be given to students in grades 3-11 in March (freshmen didn't have to take the SBA). PARCC also serves as one of the high school exit exams.

Learn more about required tests for each grade.

Below are testing dates for 2014-15. Many of these are set by the state Public Education Department and are subject to change.

Elementary School

TestGradesTesting Window
DIBELS K-3 Aug. 13-Sept. 10
Jan. 5-23
April 15-May 15
 PARCC
(performance based)

 3-5

March 3-27
PARCC
(end of year)

3-5

April 13-May 8
SBA Science 4 March 24-27
NAEP
(select schools)
4 Jan. 26-March 13
End of Course K-5 May 11-May 22

Middle School

TestGradesTesting Window
PARCC
(performance based)
6-8 March 2-27
SBA science 7 March 24-27
PARCC
(end of year)
6-8 April 13-May 8
NAEP
(select schools)
8 Jan. 26-March 13
End of Course

6-8 May 11-22

High School

TestGradeTesting Window
High School Competency 12+ Sept. 15-26 and
Jan. 19-30
SBA Retakes 11-12

Sept. 15-26
Jan. 19-30

PSAT/PLAN 10 Oct. 15
RIA 9-10

Sept. 15-26
Dec. 8-19
April 6-17

PARCC
(performance based)
9-11 March 2-27
SBA Science 11 March 24-27
Spanish Lang Arts 11 March 24-27
PARCC
(end of year)
9-11 April 13-May 8
AP 9-12 May 4-22
End of Course 9-12 Dec. 8-19
Jan. 12-16 (retakes)
April 27-May 8

There are other tests that students may take during the school year as well. For example, students with special needs may take the ACCESS exam, and college-bound high school students may choose to take the ACT or SAT.

 

Download the 2014-2015 School Year exemption form for Elementary Schools

Parent Exemption Form - English

Parent Exemption Form - Spanish

Download the 2014-2015 School Year exemption form for Middle Schools

Parent Exemption Form - English

Parent Exemption Form - Spanish

Download the 2014-2015 School Year exemption form for High Schools

Parent Exemption Form - English

Parent Exemption Form - Spanish

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