Some tests are required by federal and state law, some by Utah State Board of Education rule, and still others by local districts, schools and charters. Many test are targeted toward specific audiences, such as English language learners or special education students. While some tests are specific to younger children, including the DIBELS fluency assessment, others are available to high school students as a way to help them assess their own college and career readiness.
Why are assessments conducted? A variety of reasons. Some results are used merely for school and class information, while other data are required by state law.
The following link aims to help parents, students, educators and members of the public understand more about those tests required or offered by state or federal law in some capacity. This chart does not include assessments required by individual districts and charter governing boards throughout the year.