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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. DC’s system of Next Generation Assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and DC Standards. These assessments are also technology- and computer- enhanced.


On April 6, 2021, the US Department of Education officially granted the District of Columbia a one-year waiver from the following statutory requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):  

  • Statewide assessment requirements in Section 1111(b)(2) to administer required statewide assessments in English language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, and alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities; 
  • Statewide assessment participation requirements in Section 1111(c)(4)(E); and
  • Reporting of student results on general and alternate assessments in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science of sections 1111(h)(1)(C)(ii), (vii), and ((xi). Along with the related requirements in section 1111(h)(2)(C) for school report cards.  

OSSE will continue administration of its ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS English language proficiency assessments in spring 2021.

The full waiver request and the US Department of Education’s Approval letter are available here

We value the use of comparable student performance data and recognize how important it is, particularly now. Our statewide assessment systems provide us critical information on academic performance across the city and we will be on track to resume administration in spring 2022. We are committed to working with our stakeholders to be able to provide information that is meaningful and useful in improving programs and supports for all students and schools.

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Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm