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Assessments and Accountability

Achievement through Aligned Assessments 

Integrated content and assessments ensure broad access to accurate and timely student and school-level information which is used for educational decision making. The use of this information also provides high-quality technical assistance and professional development to school and department personnel. This also ensures that policies, procedures, and decisions support a high-performing and accountable education system.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that each Agency (State) Plan implement a set of high-quality student academic assessments in Math, Reading or English Language Arts, Science and Alternate.

BIE will test in the following grade spans for each assessment: 

  • English Language Arts (ELA) and Math – Testing Vendor: Pearson – Grades: 3-8, 11
  • Science – Testing Vendor: Cognia Inc. – Grades: 5, 8, 11
  • Alternate ELA, Math, Science (Cognitive Disabled per IEP) – Testing Vendor: Cognia Inc./MSAA – ELA/Math: Grades: 3-8, 11 – Science: Grades: 5, 8, 11
  • English Language Proficiency – Testing Vendor: WIDA – Grades: K-12

BIE testing windows for school year 2023-2024: 

BIE Unified Assessments Announcements:



SY 2022-23 Chief Academic Office Webinar Recordings

SY 2023-24 Multi-State Alternate Assessment Webinar Recording


Press Releases



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