End of Course Test

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The End of Course (EOC) is an academic assessment conducted in many states of the US by the State Board of Education.[1] Georgia, for example, tests from the ninth to twelfth grades, and North Carolina tests for any of the four core class subjects (math, science, social studies, and English). It is from 9th grade to 12th grade.

North Carolina schools administer an EOC in English II, Algebra I, and Biology I. Initially, an EOC was administered in English I, but CMS(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) made a decision to replace the EOC in English I and administer it in English II.[2] The official purpose of the test is to assess both individual and group knowledge and skills. EOCs are mandatory and require a minimum score for graduation eligibility. Additionally, a North Carolina student's EOC score must account for at least 25% of the student's final grade in the relevant course.[3]

Georgia high schools are required to administer a standardized, multiple-choice EOC, in each of eight core subjects including Algebra I, Geometry, U.S. History, Economics, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, and American Literature and Composition. The official purpose of the tests is to assess "specific content knowledge and skills." Although a minimum test score is not required for the student to receive credit in the course or to graduate from high school, completion of the test is mandatory. The EOC score comprises 20% of a student's grade in the course if in ninth grade after 2011.[4] Since the EOC is an official, state-administered test, any violation or interference can result in the invalidation of scores of all students taking the exam on that subject. Interferences can include cellphones, mp3 players, reading books on the same subject as the exam, and talking.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FairTest Examiner (November 2009). "States Continue Move to End-of-Course Exams". FairTest. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  2. ^ "NC BOE Accountability Services". Ncpublicschools.org. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Understanding the North Carolina End-of-Course Tests" (PDF). Assessment Brief. Public Schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education. November 29, 2007. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  4. ^ Nesbit-McBride, Mary. "End of Course Tests (EOC)". Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment - Assessment Research, Development and Administration. Georgia Department of Education. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Georgia EOC Examiner's Manual" (PDF). Georgia Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-05-10.