StateName of AssessmentMulti-choice, Single AnswerMulti-choice, Multi-answerMatching TablesDrag/DropFill-in BlankHot SpotShort AnswerExtended ResponseInteractive Computer TasksSimulationHands-on TasksGridded Response
AlaskaAlaska Science Assessment90*0*0*0*0*0*0*10*0*0*0*0*
ArizonaAIMS Science100*-----------
ArkansasACT Aspire25-26 of 32 items*-----------
CaliforniaCalifornia Science Test20-25*20-25*10-12*1-5*8-10*20-25*0*5-10*1-5*0*0*1-5*
ConnecticutConnecticut Mastery Test in Science86000000140000
FloridaStatewide Science Assessment100-----------
GeorgiaGrade 5 Georgia Milestones100-----------
IdahoIdaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) for Science100-----------
IllinoisNot reported5*77*-----22*----
IndianaISTEP+ Science Grade 444*0*2*3*0*0*3*2*0*0*0*0*
IowaIowa Assessments100*0*0*0*0*0*0*0*0*0*0*0*
KentuckyKentucky Academic Standards Science Assessment5020-----30----
MaineMaine Educational Assessments (MEA)67000003300000
MarylandMaryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)50*10*0*14*14*6*0*10*10*10*0*0*
MassachusettsGrade 5 Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS68------32----
MinnesotaScience MCA-III5010015515000500
MississippiMississippi Academic Assessment Program Grade 5 Science100-----------
NebraskaNeSA - S for grade 5.10000000000000
New MexicoScience SBA Grade 475*0*0*0*0*0*25*0*0*0*0*0*
New YorkElementary Level Science Test (Grade 4)65*0*0*0*0*0*33*0*0*0*2*0*
North CarolinaGrade 5 Science95*1.7*-3.3*--------
OklahomaGrade 5100-----------
OregonOregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills - Science96*-----00000-
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State System of Assessment85000000150000
Rhode IslandNot reported83----------17
South DakotaN/A100-----------
TennesseeGrade 5100-----------
TexasNot reported100-----------
UtahSAGE Grade 484.4*2*4*0*0*0*1.8*0*-1*-6.8*
VirginiaGrade 5 Science80-85002-70-52-7000000
WisconsinWisconsin Forward Exam10000000000000
Wyoming4th Grade WY-TOPP Summative test is using legacy items from a previous vendor until 2020.10000000000000

* State reported on percentage of items/tasks on assessment, instead of percentage of assessment points.

Comments from States

DEOur science assessments are Computer Adaptive. We have 48 MC items and 2 Machine Scored Constructed Response Items as our blueprint on current assessments.
GAConstructed-response items are being field tested in 2017-18.
HIThe range of assessment points is due to adaptive testing with each student's testing experience, with respect to item type, being slightly different.
MIAll Technology Enhanced items were field test items in the 2015-2016 school year
OKDrag-and-drop, matching, drop-down and hotspot items have been developed for the online state assessments.
UTAll options above are part of assessment. With computer adaptive testing, students see different percentages of item types based on standards and proficiency. Blueprints located here:​
WYMoving to a new assessment that will be CAT

SB1: G8 Science Assessment: Types of Items (2017-18)

  1. Multiple choice, single correct response – This item type provides a list of answer options for students to choose, and students can only select one option.
  2. Multiple choice, multiple correct responses – This item type provides a list of answer options for students to choose, and students select one or more options.
  3. Matching tables – This item type displays a table that students complete by matching options to statements, figures, or other stimuli.
  4. Drag and drop – This item type provides objects that students place or move to provide an answer.
  5. Fill in the blank– This item type requires students to use the keyboard to type their answer into a blank box provided in the item.
  6. Hot Spot – This item type presents statements, figures, or other stimuli to students on which they click to answer a question.
  7. Short answer – This item type provides a text box for the student to freely type or write a short response.
  8. Extended response – This item type provides a scenario-based problem that requires students to provide an extended response.
  9. Interactive computer tasks –This item type requires students to interact with the item, and to provide an answer based on the item interactions.
  10. Simulation –  This item type provides students with a simulated experiment and ask students about the procedures and results of the experiment.
  11. Hands-on tasks – Students are asked to use materials and laboratory equipment to perform actual science experiments to in order to test a hypothesis.
  12. Gridded response – This item type requires students to fill in their answers on response grids. The answers may be whole numbers, decimals, or fractions.