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The following is a summary of the required statewide assessments for students in Mississippi. This is taken from the Mississippi Department of Education's Assessment webpage.

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Pre-K and Early Elementary Years

Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 3 are assessed periodically to determine what help they need to develop early literacy skills. Grade 3 students take a test at the end of the year to qualify for promotion to grade 4.

  • Pre-K Assessment (if school offers pre-K)

  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

  • Universal Screener - K-3

  • Mississippi Dyslexia Screener – Kindergarten & Grade 1

  • 3rd Grade Reading Assessment (currently MAAP)


Elementary and Middle School 

The Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) measures students’ knowledge, skills, and academic growth in grades 3-8. Student progress is measured with annual tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics and Science in grades 5 and 8.

  • MAAP English Language Arts Grades 3-8

  • MAAP Mathematics – Grades 3-8

  • Science – Grades 5 and 8


High School

High school students take four subject-area tests and the ACT in their junior year. 

  • Algebra I

  • English II

  • Biology

  • U.S. History

  • ACT 


Alternate Assessments 

Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities take the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program-Alternate (MAAP-A) in grades 3-8 and high school. 


English Learners

Students identified as English learners take the LAS Links English language proficiency assessment in grades K-12. The test is given each year until students become proficient English language speakers, readers and writers.

To learn more about a specific test, go to the MDE webpage at the following link: