State Assessment (Smarter Balanced)

The Hawaii State Assessments are used to measure student and school progress in the attainment of the Hawaii content standards statewide. The Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English Language Arts (ELA), which will be implemented in 2014-15, are aligned to the new Hawaii Common Core Standards.

Smarter Balanced resources

Practice questions

Test yourself with items in grades 3-11 in math and English Language arts.

Smarter Balanced website

Learn more about the new assessment aligned to Hawaii Common Core Standards, coming in 2014-15.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Hawaii State Assessments

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are administered to students in Grades 3-8 and 10. Students in Grades 4 and 8 also take the HSA in Science. (The scores of high school students who are enrolled in Biology I and take the related End-of-Course exam are also reported as part of statewide assessment scores.) Like the End-of-Course exam, the State Assessments are administered online using adaptive testing.

The HSA measures student attainment of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III based on learning in the classroom. Scores, reported at the end of each school year, are released to the public to track the achievement of students, schools, complex areas and the state, and to support instructional program improvement efforts. Individual student data is not released.

Test results

Click for a spreadsheet of statewide and school-level results for the following school years:

Hawaiian and Alternate exams

Hawaiian Language HSA: The online fixed form Hawaiian Language HSAs in Reading and Mathematics are administered to grades 3 and 4 students in the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (HLIP). Grade 4 HLIP students are also administered the online fixed form Hawaiian Language HSA in Science. Students are allowed one opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the Hawaiian language for each of these assessments. Grades 3 and 4 Hawaiian Language Immersion Program students may also take these online, adaptive assessments in the English language.

Hawaii State Alternate Assessment: The HSAA is a standards-based assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the HSA even with accommodations. Students in grades 3-8 and 10 are assessed in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 are also assessed in science. The administration of the HSAA takes place throughout the school year.

Smarter Balanced

Hawaii is among 24 states leading a Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that is developing a new assessment system to measure whether students are meeting the Hawaii Common Core​​. Hawaii and states across the country are transitioning to new Common Core standards in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy that provide clear and rigorous expectations for what all students should learn at each grade level to graduate ready to succeed in college and careers.

In 2013-14, the Online Bridge Hawaii State Assessments replaced the Hawaii State Assessments in Reading and Mathematics to help begin the transition to Smarter Balanced. These assessments, based on the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III​​ and the Hawaii Common Core​, were administered to students in grades 3-8 and 10.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System, which like the HSA will use online adaptive assessments, will give parents and teachers more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. The Smarter Balanced tech- nology platform also provides a variety of options that fit the needs of individual students. For more details, please read our guide for families of students with disabilities​​.

Below are the implementation schedules for the Common Core standards and Smarter Balanced assessments:

School Year





3-8 and 10

Hawaii Content and Performance Standards

Hawaii State Assessment (HSA)
in Reading and Mathematics

K-2, 11 and 12

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
in English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics



3-8 and 10

CCSS in ELA and Mathematics

Hawaii State Bridge Assessment
in Reading and Mathematics*

K-2, 11 and 12

CCSS in ELA and Mathematics



3-8 and 11

CCSS in ELA and Mathematics

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) Assessments**

9, 10, and 12

CCSS in ELA and Mathematics
CCSS in ELA and Mathematics

Smarter Balanced (optional)

* Measures content shared by the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III and Common Core State Standards.
** Aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Smarter Balanced practice tests online

Smarter Balanced practice tests in grades 3-8 and 11 in mathematics and ELA/Literacy are now available online. Students, teachers and parents nationwide have access to sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core that can be used for professional development and discussions with policymakers and other interested stakeholders. The practice tests are freely available through the Smarter Balanced website:

The practice tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments. However, users should note that they do not encompass the full range of content that students may encounter on the operational assessments and therefore should not be used to guide instructional decisions. In addition, the practice tests are presented in a “fixed form” (i.e., not computer adaptive) and users will not receive reports or scores. Although the practice tests follow a fixed-form model, the operational assessment system will be computer adaptive.

​ARCH Data Center

The public can view proficiency levels, culled from the HSA​ in reading and math, by school, Complex, Complex Area and statewide by toggling to the "proficiency" tool on our Accountability Resource Center Hawaii Data Center.

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