Custom Assessments and Programs

K–12 teachers and administrators need assessment programs that provide them with a comprehensive, accurate measure of student learning.

ETS provides assessments for use in high-stakes environments for all ages and diverse audiences. We understand the unique requirements of large-scale assessment programs and how they differ from other types of assessments.

Our current program list includes large-scale and custom assessments:

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Program >

More than 1.6 million students in grades 10–12 participate in this program each year in which skills in English-language Arts and Mathematics are assessed by examinations developed and administered by ETS.

California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program >

To meet NCLB accountability mandates, the California STAR program officials chose ETS to develop and administer their tests to 4.5 million students each year in grades 2–11 in reading, language arts, spelling, mathematics, science and history/social science at different grade levels.

California State University (CSU) Programs >

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is designed to help high school juniors and seniors in California improve weak areas and polish strong ones by the time they begin taking classes at CSU. As freshman students enter the California university system, they are placed into classes using assessments in English and Mathematics developed and researched by ETS staff and known as the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Tests.

Maryland High School Assessments >

ETS works with the state of Maryland to develop, administer, score and evaluate High School tests in English, Government, Biology and Algebra/Data Analysis.

Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) >

ETS provides item development for EOC assessments in Algebra I, Biology I, English II and U.S. History. Students in Mississippi must pass the subject area tests as a requirement for graduation.

Southern Regional Education Board High Schools that Work Assessment >

ETS creates, distributes and scores assessments in math, science and reading for a large data-driven high school reform program (High Schools that Work) run by the Southern Regional Education Board.

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) >

ETS provides development for the Tennessee summative assessments in grades 3–8 in English-language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The assessments are designed to support NCLB accountability and more than 450,000 students participate in this program each spring.

Tennessee End-of-Course Testing Program

Since 2001, students entering high school as freshmen must pass three tests in Mathematics, Language Arts and Science before graduation to earn a high school diploma. These tests are part of the End-of-Course series of tests that high school students take in Tennessee and include English I, Math Foundations II, U.S. History and Physical Science.

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) >

Texas has had a student accountability assessment system since 1991, and ETS has been involved with the research and development of the current system, the TAKS, since 2005.

Texas End-of-Course Assessments >

ETS is part of the team creating the new Texas end-of-course assessments in Algebra and World History in grades 9–12. The first administration of these tests was in the spring of 2009.

U.S. Department of Education: Florida and the Islands Comprehensive Center >

Through this federally-funded technical assistance center, ETS helps build the capacity of State Departments of Education to implement No Child Left Behind legislation. Our service area is Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Program >

Approximately 2.4 million tests across 35 different subjects are administered annually as part of the Virginia SOL program. ETS provides content and test development services.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program >

ETS is the contractor for item and test development for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program, as well as the provider of accommodated forms.

Wyoming Statewide Assessments >

ETS assists the Wyoming Department of Education with the development, administration, scoring and reporting of four key programs: the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS), PAWS-ALT (for special needs students), the Statewide Assessment of Student Writing (SAWS) and SAWS-ALT (for special needs students).


Technology-enhanced Assessments

Technology-enhanced AssessmentsETS works closely with states and the consortia to bring technological innovations to K–12 assessment.


NAEP and ETSETS has assisted the NAEP program in introducing numerous psychometric and assessment design innovations over the years.

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