LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IMPROVE ON EVERY END-OF-COURSE TEST

Jul 05, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, the Louisiana Department of Education released a summary report on End-of-Course (EOC) exams, and test results show continued gains for high school students as the state transitions away from Graduation Exit Exams toward assessments that better reflect internationally competitive goals. New testing standards are one component of Louisiana Believes, the state’s comprehensive plan to empower educators and parents to make the best choices for children.

"We are extremely proud of our students for their performance on these tests and of our teachers for their preparation and continued efforts in the classroom," said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These results are tangible proof that the state’s education reforms are working. As Louisiana Believes is implemented in schools across the state, we hope to see students’ performance on standardized tests continue to improve."

EOC exams were administered to students enrolled in Algebra I, English II, Geometry and Biology in December 2011 and May 2012.

Comparing student scores on the Algebra I test from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012, the percentage of students performing at the levels of Excellent or Good increased from 51 to 56. The percentage of students receiving a score of Excellent or Good has risen 19 percentage points since 2007-2008, the first year EOC exams were administered for Algebra I.  

Additionally, the statewide percentage of students scoring Excellent or Good on the English II exam rose from 61 to 66 percent between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. The percentage of students receiving a score of Excellent or Good has risen 17 percentage points since 2008-2009, the first year EOC exams were administered for English II.  

Geometry results have also risen, from 41 percent scoring at the Excellent or Good levels in 2010-2011 to 50 percent in 2011-2012. The percentage of students receiving a score of Excellent or Good has risen 16 percentage points since 2009-2010, the first year EOC exams were administered for Geometry.  

The percentage of students scoring at the Excellent or Good levels in Biology has risen 8 percentage points, from 43 percent in 2010-2011 to 51 percent in 2011-2012.

"These results signify that we are moving in the right direction for our kids," Board of Elementary and Secondary President Penny Dastugue said. "This is a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators. We must continue to use the best and most effective strategies for students in order to continue providing the high quality education our children deserve."

EOC exams are administered to students upon completion of core subjects and are designed to measure whether students have mastered the required knowledge, skills, and abilities of the tested course. The content of the assessments is aligned with the state’s comprehensive curriculum and is based on grade level expectations. In addition to the current subjects tested, two other subject areas - English III and U.S. History - are being phased in.

Students earn one of four achievement levels on EOC exams: ExcellentGoodFair, or Needs Improvement. To earn a passing score and eventually graduate, students must earn a rating of Fair, or higher in a subject. A rating of Excellent or Gooddemonstrates proficiency in a particular subject. Incoming freshmen must earn passing scores on at least three EOC tests during their high school career to take home a state-issued diploma.  The three passing scores must be in English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or U.S. History.

Please refer to the following charts for a summary of statewide results.

Percentage of Students at Each Achievement Level in Algebra I

  

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

Excellent or Good

37

38

41

51

56

Fair or Needs Improvement

63

62

59

48

44

Percentage of Students at Each Achievement Level in English II

  

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

Excellent or Good

49

54

61

66

Fair or Needs Improvement

51

46

39

34

Percentage of Students at Each Achievement Level in Geometry

  

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

Excellent or Good

34

41

50

Fair or Needs Improvement

66

59

50

Percentage of Students at Each Achievement Level in Biology

  

2010-2011

2011-2012

Excellent or Good

43

51

Fair or Needs Improvement

58

48

NOTE: The percentages of students across achievement levels may not total 100, due to rounding.

For more detailed information, please click on the following links.

2011-2012 Algebra I EOC Test: Percentage and Number of Students (state, district, and school data) 

2011-2012 English II EOC Test: Percentage and Number of Students (state, district, and school data) 

2011-2012 Geometry EOC Test: Percentage and Number of Students (state, district, and school data) 

2011-2012 Biology EOC Test: Percentage and Number of Students (state, district, and school data)

 

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