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.


    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:  https://www.mdek12.org/OSA