(1) A State must administer the assessments required under § 200.2 annually as follows:
(i) With respect to both the reading/language arts and mathematics assessments -
(A) In each of grades 3 through 8; and
(B) At least once in grades 9 through 12.
(ii) With respect to science assessments, not less than one time during each of -
(A) Grades 3 through 5;
(B) Grades 6 through 9; and
(C) Grades 10 through 12.
(2) A State must administer the English language proficiency assessment required under § 200.6(h) annually to all English learners in schools served by the State in all grades in which there are English learners, kindergarten through grade 12.
(3) With respect to any other subject chosen by a State, the State may administer the assessments at its discretion.
(b) Middle school mathematics exception. A State that administers an end-of-course mathematics assessment to meet the requirements under paragraph (a)(1)(i)(B) of this section may exempt an eighth-grade student from the mathematics assessment typically administered in eighth grade under paragraph (a)(1)(i)(A) of this section if -
(1) The student instead takes the end-of-course mathematics assessment the State administers to high school students under paragraph (a)(1)(i)(B) of this section;
(2) The student's performance on the high school assessment is used in the year in which the student takes the assessment for purposes of measuring academic achievement under section 1111(c)(4)(B)(i) of the Act and participation in assessments under section 1111(c)(4)(E) of the Act;
(3) In high school -
(i) The student takes a State-administered end-of-course assessment or nationally recognized high school academic assessment as defined in § 200.3(d) in mathematics that -
(A) Is more advanced than the assessment the State administers under paragraph (a)(1)(i)(B) of this section; and
(ii) The student's performance on the more advanced mathematics assessment is used for purposes of measuring academic achievement under section 1111(c)(4)(B)(i) of the Act and participation in assessments under section 1111(c)(4)(E) of the Act; and
(4) The State describes in its State plan, with regard to this exception, its strategies to provide all students in the State the opportunity to be prepared for and to take advanced mathematics coursework in middle school.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1810-0576)
[81 FR 88933, Dec. 8, 2016]