Standards and Assessment News | September 15


Illinois Financial Literacy Standards Take Effect

The revised Illinois Social Science Standards, which include financial literacy standards, take effect this school year. Illinois now joins forty-four other states in utilizing financial literacy standards. Learn more


Michigan Begins Search for M-STEP Replacement

After three years of using the M-STEP exam, Michigan is searching for a new assessment that will provide results in time to make them more useful. The new test must not exceed three hours on average for grades three through seven in ELA and Math. The state must select an assessment by January 1. The new assessment would be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more


Missouri Cancels Use of End-of-Course Assessments

Missouri will not use its end-of-course assessments in Algebra I and English II to evaluate schools. No specifics have been given about the issues, but the state is holding assessment vendor Questar accountable. These exams have been retired since their use in 2017, as the state is developing new exams. Learn more


Oregon to Implement Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Oregon has plans to implement its Ethnic Studies curriculum by 2021. The implementation will include creating standards to fill gaps in the current Social Studies standards. Learn more


Rhode Island Collaborates for New Assessment

Rhode Island students will be taking the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) instead of PARCC this year. RICAS was created in partnership with Massachusetts, who created the MCAS. Like the MCAS, the RICAS has elements of the PARCC exam, and will be taken online. High school students will take the PSAT and SAT. Learn more


Tennessee Sets Tougher Cut Scores for TNReady

Tennessee has set cut scores for grades 3-8 on the TNReady assessment, which may initially produce a drop in scores overall. The high school cut scores were determined last year. Learn more


Senators Plan to Introduce Bill to Reduce Testing

Senator Jon Tester is planning to introduce the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act for a second time. The act would cut federally required testing to one time each in elementary, middle, and high school. Similar bills have not passed out of committee multiple times since 2014. Learn more