Another name for a test. An assessment can also be a system for testing and evaluating students, groups of students, schools, or districts. (See STAR.) Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), schools must administer tests in each of three grade spans: grades 3-5, grades 6-9, and grades 10-12 in all schools. Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, tests must be administered every year in grades 3 through 8 in math and reading. Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, science achievement must also be tested.
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