Description of State Assessments

  • RISE Summative assessments (grades 3-8)
    Tests given at the end of a course to measure students' proficiency on Utah Core Standards and school accountability.

    • English Language Arts (ELA) (grades 3-8)
    • Writing (grades 5 and 8)
    • Mathematics (grades3-8)
    • Science (grades 4-8)

    RISE Interim assessments (grades 3-8)
    Optional tests that schools may choose to give to check students' proficiency before a course is completed.  Similar to RISE summative in length.

    • English Language Arts (ELA) (grades 3-8)
    • Writing (grades 3-8)
    • Mathematics (grades3-8)
    • Science (grades 4-8)

    RISE Benchmarks (grades 3-8)
    Optional productivity tools for teachers to use to help them get feedback on students' learning of the Utah Core Stanards at the Reporting Category level.  These tools have approximately 8-13 questions.

    • English Language Arts (ELA) (grades 3-8)
    • Writing (grades 3-8)
    • Mathematics (grades3-8)
    • Science (grades 4-8)

    Utah Aspire Plus (grades 9 and 10)
    Tests given at the end of the school year for all 9th and 10th graders, that include a combination of questions from ACT Aspire and Utah's item bank.

    • English (grades 9-10)
    • Reading (grades9-10)
    • Mathematics (grades 9-10)
    • Science (grades9-10)

    Acadience Reading (grades K-3)
    A five-minute literacy test, given 3 times during the school year (Beginning, Middle, End).

    DLM/UAA Dynamic Learning Maps/ Utah Alternative Assessment (grades 3-11)
    Tests given at the end of the school year to students with significant cognitive disabilities to measure proficiency on the Alternative Achievement Statndards (Essential Elements/Extended Core Science Standards) and school accountability.

    • DLM - English Language Arts (ELA) (grades 3-11)
    • DLM - Mathematics (grades 3-11)
    • UAA - Science (grades 4-11)

    ACCESS 2.0 ACCESS for English Language Learners (grades K-12)
    Test given to students receiving EL services to annually measure their English language development.

    Alternative ACCESS 2.0 ACCESS for English Language Learners (grades K-12)
    Test given to student receiving EL services with th emost significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to meaningfully participate in ACCESS 2.0.

    AAPPL Assessment of Performance towards Proficiency in Languages (grades 3-9)
    Test given to students in the Dual immersion program to check their proficiency of the target language.

    ACT (grade 11)
    An assessment that measures postsecondary readiness.  The state-administered ACT includes English, reading, mathematics, science, and writing subtests.

    CTE Skill Certificate Assessments
    Competency-based tests given to students when they complete a course in Career and Technical Education.  Required for certification

    General Financial Literacy Assessment
    Test given to students when they complete the General Financial Literacy course.

    High School Civics Exam
    A locally administered civics exam with questions from the U.S. immigration and naturalization test.  Students need to correctly answer 35 out of 50 questions.  Required for graduation