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State Assessments

About State Assessments

The District of Columbia administers multiple assessments annually in accordance with DC and federal law. These districtwide assessments are an important source of data on students’ progress and proficiency relative to DC’s educational standards. In the 2014-15 school year, DC began transitioning to a system of Next Generation Assessments. These new assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and DC Standards. These assessments are also be technology- and computer- enhanced. This is a major transition, but one that will allow DC students to demonstrate their knowledge in a more accurate and engaging way. The Next Generation Assessment transitions include:

2016-17 NGA Assessment Schedule

Test 2017 Dates
NAEP Jan. 30 - March 10
WIDA ACCESS Feb. 27 - April 25
MSAA March 27 - May 12
DC Health and Physical Education April 3 - June 16
PARCC Window 1 April 10 - May 26*
PARCC Window 2 April 24 - June 5
DC Science April 24 - June 9

*Includes five days of school vaation for a spring break

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(202) 535-2651
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Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm