Exit Exams
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Exit Exams


States with exit exam policies require students to achieve a passing score on each subject tested in the exit exam, as well as fulfill all other graduation requirements, to receive a high school diploma. Exit exams vary greatly from state to state in numerous ways, including the level of content tested (upper middle grades in some states, while upper high school grades in others) and the opportunities for students who do not pass (from none to numerous and detailed appeals procedures and alternative methods of demonstrating competency). As of June 2007, 24 states and the District of Columbia do not have (and have no plans to implement) exit exams, citing adequate means to measure student performance and academic rigor in existing state assessments and other mechanisms.

The exit exams database is designed to allow state policymakers to learn the rationale behind various exit exam practices, determine the policies in place in their state and elsewhere, and consider policy options used in other states that may benefit students and schools in their own state.

For information on state policies regarding the inclusion of special populations in exit exams, please see the English language learners and students with disabilities sections of the Special Populations in High School Assessments database.

This database includes information on:

1. States that require passage of an exit exam for high school graduation: Currently, 22 states require passage of state exit exams as a component of high school graduation requirements. By 2012, the number of states with exit exams will grow to 26. Test titles are included.

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4. States that use exit exams for other purposes including:

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6. States that ensure that opportunities for remediation and retake opportunities are available for students who do not pass:

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8. States where exit exam scores must appear on students' transcripts: 16 states require the scores from the exit exams to be printed on the students' transcripts.

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This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Last updated: March 12, 2008

Please contact Michael Colasanti at 303.299.3672 or mcolasanti@ecs.org with questions or comments about this database.

Alabama
Exit Exams
Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE)
Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Language  
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test: 11th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes. Schools are required to provide remediation, but can decide how and what kind to use.
    Student must participate: Yes. Students who fail the graduation exam are required to participate in remediation, unless a parent/guardian provides written permission to opt-out.
    Number of chances to retake: Students have six opportunities to pass before completing high school, and unlimited opportunities to pass after high school. Additionally, students who have failed the exam may return to high school for remediation until the age of 21.
    Other major state initiatives: The state department of education's High Hopes program gives grants to school districts to develop remediation programs in collaboration with community colleges, universities, and nonprofit community-based organizations to provide tutoring, mentoring and after-school assistance to high school students who have failed or are in danger of failing the graduation exam.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Reading - 95%
  • Language - 95%
  • Math - 95%
  • Science - 96%
  • Social Studies - 94%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes, a student who passes the GED and fulfills all course requirements receive an Alabama Alternate Adult High School diploma, which carries the same weight as the standard diploma in terms of college admissions, federal financial aid and employment applications.
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass & Subjects tested: ALA. ADMIN. CODE r. 290-4-2-.02(1)(d); Great Expectations: A Guide to Alabama's High School Graduation Exam, October 2003 (see pgs. 7 & 11-13)
    Type of tests: ALA. ADMIN. CODE r. 290-4-2-.02(1)(d)
    Purposes: Alabama Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 104)
    Remediation: ALA. CODE § 16-6B-1(b)(2); Great Expectations: A Guide to Alabama's High School Graduation Exam, October 2003 (see pgs. 6-8); Alabama Department of Education Classroom Improvement FAQs page (High Hopes program)
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 52)
    Student transcripts: Dottie DeMars, Assessment Specialist, Alabama Department of Education’s Student Assessment Program
    Appeals process: Great Expectations: A Guide to Alabama's High School Graduation Exam, October 2003 (see pg. 8); Dottie DeMars, Assessment Specialist, Alabama Department of Education’s Student Assessment Program

    Alaska
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE)

    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation Graduation only
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test: 8th-10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Twice per year before the end of grade 12. After grade 12, twice per year indefinitely (testing fee may be charged by the district).
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate:Yes
    Sources Students must pass: ALASKA STAT. § 14.03.075(a), ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 06.755
    Subjects tested: ALASKA STAT. § 14.03.075(a)
    Type of tests: ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 06.755(a)
    Purposes: Alaska Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook; Guide to Test Interpretation for the Grade 10 Standards Based Assessments For Parents and Students Spring 2006; Cathy Anderegg, Assessment Administrator, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 108)
    Remediation: ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 06.771; Guidance for graduation exam retakes after high school
    Student transcripts: ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 06.758(d)
    Appeals process: ALASKA STAT. § 14.03.075(a),(d); ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 06.780; Application guidelines for High School Graduation Qualifying Exam waivers and appeals; Application for an appeal to a waiver denial from passing the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam

    American Samoa
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    Subjects tested

    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam

    Purposes besides for graduation

    Level assessed (if available)

    Remediation

    Final pass rates (if available)

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency

    Sources


    Arizona
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, Arizona's Instrument ot Measure Standards (AIMS)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science (beginning the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter)
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • School accountability
    • Scholarship eligibility
      Notes/Citation: Students who meet and/or exceed standards on the exit exam and meet other requirements may be eligible for an in-state public university tuition waiver (High Honors Scholarship) renewable for up to four years.
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test: 10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No. However, most districts do provide remediation.
    Student must participate: No. However, students must participate in remediation to qualify for the exit exam augmentation option.
    Number of chances to retake: Once each semester in 11th and 12th grade (4 total retakes). After grade 12, an unlimited number of times if all other graduation requirements have been met.
    Other major state initiatives: The state offers funds for tutoring to any junior or senior who has failed any part of the exit exam.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Reading/Language Arts - 80%
  • Writing - 81%
  • Math - 77%
  • All subjects - 71%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes, a transfer student may be exempt if the student has "successfully passed a statewide assessment test on state adopted standards that are substantially equivalent to the [Arizona] state board adopted academic standards."
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: Yes, a student graduating in 2006 or 2007 only who fails one or more sections of the exit exam may augment his/her scores on the exam with course grades of "C" or better to help achieve passing scores.
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: ARIZ. REV. STAT. §§ 15-701.01(A)(3), 15-741(2); ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R7-2-302
    Subjects tested: ARIZ. REV. STAT. § 15-701.01(A)(3); ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R7-2-302; Arizona Department of Education five year testing calendar
    Type of tests: ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R7-2-302
    Purposes: ARIZ. REV. STAT. §§ 15-701.01(A)(3), 15-1626.13; ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R7-2-302; Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook; Arizona Department of Education High Honors Tuition Waiver Scholarship FAQs
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 111)
    Remediation: ARIZ. REV. STAT. § 15-701.02; Arizona high school graduation exam student guide (see pg. 4, "When will I take AIMS HS?"); Arizona Department of Education graduation exam tutoring FAQs
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 61)
    Student transcripts: ARIZ. REV. STAT. § 15-743
    Appeals process: ARIZ. REV. STAT. §§ 15-701.01(A)(3), 15-701.02; ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE R7-2-302.06; Arizona high school graduation exam reciprocity guidelines

    Arkansas
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Arkansas Comprehensive Assessment Program (eff. 2009-2010 school year)
    Subjects tested
  • Literacy
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Notes/Citation: End-of-course exam will be used for exit purposes effective school year 2009-2010.

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Course credit
      Notes/Citation: Effective school year 2009-2010.
    • School accountability
      Notes/Citation: Effective school year 2009-2010.
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Students have 3 chances to retake before graduation, and if not passed, must take and pass an alternative assessment to graduate.
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes, if a student has failed the assessment three times, they must pass an alternative assessment to graduate
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-15-2009(e)(2)(B)
    Subjects tested: ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-15-433(b)(3)(iv)
    Type of tests: ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-15-2009(a)(3)
    Purposes: ARK. CODE ANN. §§ 6-15-406(2), 6-15-2009(e)(1)
    Level assessed: ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-15-2009(a)(3)
    Remediation: ARK. CODE ANN. §§ 6-15-2009(d)(1)(B), 6-15-2010(a)(3)
    Student transcripts: ARK. REG. 005-19-006-7.04
    Appeals process: ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-15-2010(a)(2)(A)

    California
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the California High School Exit Examination (CHSEE)
    Subjects tested
  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) English language arts: 10th grade (CEP)
    Mathematics: 6th-7th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes. The state provides funds to districts for remediation services.
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Two retake opportunities in grade 11 and three retake opportunities in grade 12. After grade 12, students may retake the exam three times per year indefinitely until they pass, so long as they have completed all other graduation requirements and are enrolled in an adult education program.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • English Language Arts - 94%
  • Math - 94%
  • Both subjects - 91%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: CAL. EDUC. CODE § 60851(a)
    Subjects tested: CAL. EDUC. CODE § 60850(a)
    Type of tests: CAL. EDUC. CODE § 60850(a)
    Purposes: CAL. EDUC. CODE § 60851(a); California Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 115)
    Remediation: CAL. EDUC. CODE §§ 37254, 60851(b),(f), 60853; CAL. CODE REGS. tit. 5, § 1204.5; California Department of Education adult education and graduation exam questions and answers; California High School Exit Exam Intensive Instruction & Services page
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 68)
    Student transcripts: CAL. CODE REGS. tit. 5, § 1206

    Colorado
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Connecticut
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Delaware
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    District of Columbia
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Florida
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Writing (eff. Class of 2010)
  • Mathematics
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Mathematics: 7th-8th grade (Achieve, Inc.)
    Entire test: 10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate:
    Yes
    Number of chances to retake: 6 before high school graduation, unlimited after 12th grade
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes, the ACT and SAT (only after student has not passed three times)
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: FLA. STAT. ch. 1008.22(3)(c)(5)
    Subjects tested: FLA. STAT. ch. 1008.22(3)(c); FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 6A-1.09422(2)(a)
    Type of tests: FLA. STAT. ch. 1008.22(3)(c)
    Purposes: FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 6A-1.09981(1)
    Level assessed: Achieve, Inc.: Do Graduation Tests Measure Up?: A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams (see pg. 15); 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 119)
    Remediation: FLA. STAT. ch 1008.25(4), Florida Department of Education, FCAT Graduation Requirement web brochure
    Student transcripts: Florida Automated System for the Transfer of Educational Records user manual
    Appeals process: FLA. STAT. ch. 1008.22(9)

    Georgia
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT)
    Subjects tested
  • English language arts
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test: 11th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No
    Students must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Students have 5 opportunities to pass in their 11th and 12th grade years.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • English Language Arts - 96%
  • Math - 94%
  • Science - 86%
  • Social studies - 91%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-3-1-.07(J),(k)
    Subjects tested: GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-3-1-.07(j),(k)
    Type of tests:
    GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-3-1-.07(j)
    Purposes: GA. CODE ANN. § 20-14-30; GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-7-1-.03(3)(a)
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 123)
    Remediation: GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-7-1-.02(12), 160-4-2-.37
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 79)
    Student transcripts: GA. CODE ANN. § 20-2-157(b)(1)
    Appeals process: GA. COMP. R. & REGS. r. 160-1-3-.09

    Guam
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Hawaii
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Idaho
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Language usage
  • Mathematics
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test: 10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: For students who do not pass, they may appeal to their school district to give them an alternate assessment that meets state standards. They must be in their senior year to appeal.
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: IDAPA 08.02.03.105(03), 08.02.03.107(06)
    Subjects tested: Idaho Board of Education, ISAT webpage
    Type of tests: IDAPA 08.02.03.111(06)
    Purposes: IDAPA 08.02.03.112
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 127)
    Remediation: IDAPA 08.02.03.105(03)(a),(b)
    Appeals process: IDAPA 08.02.03.105(03)(a),(b), 08.02.03.107(06)(c)(i),(ii)

    Illinois
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Indiana
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE). Beginning with the class of 2012, students will be required to pass end-of-course assessments instead of the GQE.
    Subjects tested
  • English/language arts
  • Mathematics
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test: 9th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No, however, a student may not obtain a test waiver if remediation is not completed.
    Number of chances to retake: 4 before high school graduation (1 chance per semester)
    Final pass rates (if available) 2005:
  • All subjects - 88.5%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: Yes
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: IND. CODE § 20-32-4-1(b)(1); Trish Wlodarczyk, Core 40 End-of-Course Assessment Coordinator, Indiana Department of Education
    Subjects tested: IND. ADMIN. CODE tit. 511, r. 5-2-1(1),(2)
    Purposes: IND. CODE § 20-31-8-1(a)
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 131)
    Remediation: IND. CODE §§ 20-32-4-4(2), 20-32-5-10(2)(B), 20-32-4-2
    Pass rates: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 134)
    Student transcripts: IND. CODE § 20-33-2-13(a)(2)
    Appeals process: IND. CODE § 20-32-4-4

    Iowa
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Kansas
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Kentucky
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Louisiana
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Graduation Exit Examination (GEE)
    Subjects tested
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Level of diploma
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Not available
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Before graduation, students have six chances for English language arts and math, four for science and social studies. After graduation, there is no limit to the number of retakes.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • All subjects - 97%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: LA. ADMIN. CODE tit. 28:LXXIX, § 2511(B)(1)
    Subjects tested: LA. ADMIN. CODE tit. 28:LXXIX, § 2511(B)(1)
    Type of tests: LA. ADMIN. CODE tit. 28:CXI, § 107(C)
    Purposes: LA. ADMIN. CODE tit. 28:CXV, § 2319(1)(b)
    Remediation: LA. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 17:395, 17:398; LA. ADMIN. CODE tit. 28:XXXIX, § 909(E), 28:CXI, § 1351(A)-(J)
    Pass rates: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 138)

    Maine
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Maryland
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA), beginning with the class of 2009
    Subjects tested
  • English
  • Algebra/data analysis
  • Biology
  • Government
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Notes/Citation: End-of-course exams will be used for exit purposes effective with the class of 2009.

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course; however, Achieve, Inc. determined that the mathematics portion is aligned to 8th-9th grade.
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Three times per year beginning when the student takes the course associated with the exam.
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes, transfer students may be exempted from the exit exam if they previously passed an equivalent course and are awarded credit at the new school.
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, § 03.02.09(B)(3)(a)
    Subjects tested: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, § 03.02.09(B)(3)(a)
    Type of tests: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, § 03.02.07(A)
    Purposes: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, §§ 01.04.05(C)(1)(a),(b), 01.04.07(D)(1)
    Level assessed: Achieve, Inc.: Do Graduation Tests Measure Up?: A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams (see pg. 15); MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, § 03.02.07(A)
    Remediation: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, § 03.02.07(D)(1),(2)
    Student transcripts: Heather Bradbury, Maryland Department of Education
    Appeals process: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 13A, §§ 03.02.12(B)(2)(a), 03.02.09(B)(3)(c)

    Massachusetts
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
    Subjects tested
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (eff. class of 2010)
  • History/social science (eff. class of 2012)
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Level of diploma
    • School accountability
    • Scholarship eligibility
    Level assessed (if available) Mathematics: 8th grade (Achieve, Inc.)
    Entire test: 10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Four before graduation
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • English Language Arts - 96%
  • Math - 96%
  • Both subjects - 95%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: Yes
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: MASS. REGS. CODE tit. 603, §§ 30.02, 30.03(1)-(4)
    Subjects tested: MASS. REGS. CODE tit. 603, § 30.03(1)-(4)
    Type of tests: MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 69, § 1D(i)
    Purposes: MASS. ANN. LAWS ch. 69, § 1I; MASS. REGS. CODE tit. 603, §§ 2.03, 31.04, 31.06
    Level assessed: Achieve, Inc.: Do Graduation Tests Measure Up?: A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams (see pg. 15); 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 143)
    Remediation: Mass. Department of Education MCAS Participation Guidelines
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 102)
    Student transcripts: MASS. REGS. CODE tit. 603, § 23.02(c)
    Appeals process: MASS. REGS. CODE tit. 603, § 30.05(3),(5)

    Michigan
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Minnesota
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Basic Skills Tests (eff. through class of 2009) and the Graduation Required Assessment for Diploma (eff. class of 2010)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Writing composition
  • Mathematics
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Reading- 10th grade (CEP)
    Writing- 9th grade (CEP)
    Mathematics- 11th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: District determines the number of retakes
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: Yes
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: MINN. STAT. § 120B.30(1)(a); MINN. R. 3501.0040, 3501.0230
    Subjects tested: MINN. STAT. § 120B.30(1)(a); MINN. R. 3501.0040, 3501.0230
    Type of tests: MINN. STAT. § 120B.30(1)(a)
    Purposes: MINN. STAT. § 120B.35(3)
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 149)
    Remediation: MINN. R. 3501.0110, 3501.0140(2)(B)
    Student transcripts: MINN. STAT. § 120B.30(1a)(e)
    Appeals process: MINN. R. 3501.0050(3), 3501.0120(3)(B)(1)

    Mississippi
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program (SATP)
    Subjects tested
  • English II
  • Algebra I
  • Biology I
  • U.S. History from 1877
  •  
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Three times per year before graduation, unlimited after 12th grade
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • English II - 98%
  • Writing prompt - 99%
  • Algebra I - 99%
  • Biology I - 99%
  • U.S. history - 99%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: Yes
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: MISS. CODE ANN. § 37-16-7; CMSR 36-000-101(1)(2)(2), 36-000-102(3.1)
    Subjects tested: CMSR 36-000-101(1)(2)(2)
    Type of tests: CMSR 36-000-001
    Purposes: MISS. CODE ANN. §§ 37-16-5, 37-18-1(1)(a)
    Level assessed: CMSR 36-000-001
    Remediation: MISS. CODE ANN. § 37-16-15; Miss. Department of Education Graduation Requirements-Policies for Subject Area Testing (State board policy IHF-2)
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 111)
    Appeals process: Miss. Department of Education: Subject Area Testing Program Appeals Process (State board policy IHF-3), Graduation Requirements-Policies for Subject Area Testing (State board policy IHF-2)

    Missouri
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Montana
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Nebraska
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Nevada
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science (eff. class of 2011)
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Not available
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Six before graduation, unlimited after graduation
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Reading - 99%
  • Writing - 99%
  • Math - 91%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Notes/Citation: There is no statewide policy regarding scores on student transcripts, however a local district may decide to include them.

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. 389.0173(1)(a)
    Subjects tested: NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. 389.015(6), 389.550(2)
    Type of tests: NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. 389.015(2)
    Purposes: NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. 385.3469(1)(bb), 385.361(1)(c)
    Remediation: NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 389, §§ 051, 057, 660, 661
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 116)
    Student transcripts: Melissa Swann, Nev. Department of Education
    Appeals process: NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 389, § 019

    New Hampshire
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    New Jersey
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)
    Subjects tested
  • Language arts literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Mathematics- 7th-8th grade (Achieve, Inc.)
    Entire test- 11th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Unlimited retest opportunities before and after 12th grade
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, §§ 8-1.3, 8-5.2(d)(1)
    Subjects tested: N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-4.1(c)(3)
    Type of tests: N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-1.3
    Purposes: N.J. STAT. ANN. § 18A:7F-29(b); N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-4.4
    Level assessed: Achieve, Inc.: Do Graduation Tests Measure Up?: A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams (see pg. 15); 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 162)
    Remediation: N.J. STAT. ANN. §§ 18A:7C-4, 18A:7C-6.2; N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-5.1(f)
    Student transcripts: N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-4.2(d)(1)
    Appeals process: N.J. STAT. ANN. § 18A:7C-3; N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6A, § 8-4.1(c)

    New Mexico
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Composition
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation Graduation only
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test- 8th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: No
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Students have four make-up opportunities to pass before graduation, and may retake the exam for up to five years after 12th grade.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Reading - 90%
  • Language Arts - 84%
  • Writing Composition - 97%
  • Math - 86%
  • Science - 84%
  • Social Studies - 87%
  • All subjects - 76%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No; however, beginning with 2010-2011 school year, students may be evaluated based on "a portfolio of standards-based indicators established by the department" of education.
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: N.M. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6, § 30.2.10(J)(1)
    Subjects tested: N.M. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6, § 30.2.10(J)(1)
    Type of tests: N.M. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6, § 30.2.10(J)(1)
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 166)
    Remediation: N.M. STAT. ANN. § 22-13-1.1(I); Margret Delgado, Assessment and Evaluation, NM Public Education Department
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 124)
    Student transcripts: N.M. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6, § 30.2.10(D)(5)
    Appeals process: N.M. STAT. ANN. § 22-13-1.1(I); N.M. ADMIN. CODE tit. 6, § 30.2.10(K)(1)(c)

    New York
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Regents Examinations.
    Subjects tested
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • US history and government
  • Science
  • Global history and geography
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Course credit
    • Level of diploma
    • School accountability
    • Scholarship eligibility
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Unlimited opportunities to pass before graduation, local district determines if student is eligible to retake after 12th grade
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Comprehensive English - 76%
  • Math - 78%
  • Science - 79%
  • Global History & Geography - 76%
  • U.S. History & Government - 73%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: Yes
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 100.5(a)(5)
    Subjects tested: N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 3.47(a)(2)(ii)(f)
    Type of tests: N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 100.1(f)
    Purposes: N.Y. EDUC. LAW § 605-a(1); N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, §§ 100.1(b), 100.2(p)(1)(v), 100.5(b)(7)
    Level assessed: N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 100.1(f)
    Remediation: N.Y. EDUC. LAW § 3602(12)(g)(2)(A)(ii); N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, 100.5(d)(7)(i); Anita Behn, NY State Education Department
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 129)
    Student transcripts: N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, § 100.5(a)(5)(a)(4)
    Appeals process: N.Y. COMP. CODES R. & REGS. tit. 8, §§ 100.2(f), 100.5(d)(7)(i)

    North Carolina
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the North Carolina High School Competency Tests and end-of-instruction exams.
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Computer proficiency


  • English I (eff. class of 2010)
  • Algebra I (eff. class of 2010)
  • U.S. History (eff. class of 2010)
  • Biology (eff. class of 2010)
  • Civics and economics (eff. class of 2010)

  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State uses both end-of-course and standardized assessments for exit purposes

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Course credit
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test- 8th grade (CEP); North Carolina also uses end-of-course exams
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Two before graduation (end-of-course)
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Competency Test of Reading & Math - 93%
  • Computer Skills Test - 93%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0503(a),(e)(2)
    Subjects tested: N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0301(b), 6D.0503(e)(2)
    Type of tests: N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0503(a),(e)(2)
    Purposes: N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0305(c), 6G.0305(10)
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 174); N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0503(a),(e)(2)
    Remediation: N.C. GEN. STAT. § 115C-174.11(b)(2); N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0302(i), 7.0202(b)
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 135)
    Student transcripts: N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, §§ 6D.0101(11)(b), 6D.0305(a)
    Appeals process: N.C. GEN. STAT. § 115C-174.11(b)(3)(b); N.C. ADMIN. CODE tit. 16, § 6D.0503(b)

    North Dakota
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Ohio
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Mathematics- 7th-8th grade (Achieve, Inc.)
    Entire test- 10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Six before graduation, unlimited after 12th grade
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • Reading - 95%
  • Writing - 93%
  • Math - 92%
  • Science - 87%
  • Social Studies - 89%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: Yes
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: Yes
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: Yes
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. §§ 3301.0710(B), 3313.614(B)(3)
    Subjects tested: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 3301.0710(B)
    Type of tests: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. §§ 3301.0710(B)
    Purposes: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 3302.02
    Level assessed: Achieve, Inc.: Do Graduation Tests Measure Up?: A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams (see pg. 15); 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 180)
    Remediation: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. §§ 3301.0711(B)(8)(b),(D); Ohio Department of Education: A Guide to the New Ohio Graduation Tests for Students and Families (see pg. 16)
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 141)
    Appeals process: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. §§ 3301.0710(B), 3313.615(A)

    Oklahoma
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the End-of-Instruction Exams (EOI), effective with the class of 2012.
    Subjects tested Eff. class of 2012
  • English II,III
  • Algebra I,II
  • Geometry
  • Biology I
  • U.S. history
  • (Students must pass English II and Algebra I and any two of the remaining tests)

    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Notes/Citation: End-of-course exams will be used for exit purposes effective with the class of 2012.

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Level of diploma
      Notes/Citation: Districts may choose to award a certificate of distinction to students who pass all end-of-instruction tests with satisfactory scores and who meet other academic distiction criteria.
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Three times per year
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Oklahoma is currently deliberating as to which appeals processes will be allowed. Exit exam will be implemented effective Class of 2012.
    Sources Students must pass: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, §§ 1210.508(A)(6), 1210.523(A)
    Subjects tested: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 1210.508(A)(6)
    Type of tests: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 1210.508(A)(6)
    Purposes: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, §§ 3-150, 11-103.6d(A)(4); OKLA. ADMIN. CODE § 210:10-13-20(2)(A)(ii)
    Level assessed: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 1210.508(A)(6)
    Remediation: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, §§ 1210.508(A)(6), 1210.523(C)
    Student transcripts: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 1210.508(A)(6)
    Appeals process: OKLA. STAT. tit. 70, § 1210.523(D)

    Oregon
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Pennsylvania
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Puerto Rico
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Rhode Island
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    South Carolina
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the High School Assessment Program (HSAP)
    Subjects tested
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (eff. class of 2010)
  • U.S. history (eff. class of 2010)
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Course credit
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Two chances per year before graduation, unlimited after 12th grade provided the student is in adult education program
    Final pass rates (if available) No available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: S.C. CODE ANN. § 59-18-310(B); 43 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 234(III)(A)(6), 262(II)(B)
    Subjects tested: S.C. CODE ANN. § 59-18-310(B)
    Type of tests: S.C. CODE ANN. § 59-18-310(B)
    Purposes: 43 S.C. CODE ANN. 262(A); 43 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 262.4(II)(C)
    Level assessed: S.C. CODE ANN. § 59-18-310(B)
    Remediation: 43 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 262(II)(F)(2),(II)(H)(5); SC Department of Education 2007 Spring HSAP Test Administration Manual (see pg. 8-9)
    Appeals process: 43 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 262(II)(H)(6)(a)

    South Dakota
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Tennessee
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Gateway Examinations
    Subjects tested
  • English language arts (English II)
  • Mathematics (Algebra I)
  • Science (Biology I)
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Course credit
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: Yes
    Number of chances to retake: Three per year before graduation
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • English II - 98%
  • Algebra I - 94%
  • Biology I - 99%
  • All subjects - 94%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: No
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: Yes
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-6-6001(a)(1)
    Subjects tested: TENN. COMP. R. & REGS. 0520-1-3-.06(d)(2)
    Type of tests: TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-6-6001(a)(1)
    Purposes: TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-1-601(c); Tennessee State Board of Education High School Examinations Policy (see "elements of the program (5)")
    Level assessed: TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-6-6001(a)(1)
    Remediation: TENN. COMP. R. & REGS. 0520-1-3-.06(d)(2); Tenn. Department of Education TCAP Testing Schedule
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 153)
    Appeals process: TENN. CODE ANN. § 49-6-6001(a)(1); TENN. COMP. R. & REGS. 0520-1-3-.06(1)(a)(2)

    Texas
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
    Subjects tested
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English I, II and III
  • World geography
  • World history
  • U.S. history
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Purposes besides for graduation Graduation only
    Level assessed (if available) Mathematics: 8th-9th grade (Achieve, Inc.)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Students both in school and out of school have unlimited opportunities to retake the exams, but must do so on regularly scheduled exam dates.
    Final pass rates (if available) 2006:
  • English Lanuage Arts - 94%
  • Math - 84%
  • Science - 83%
  • Social Studies - 96%
  • Scores appear on student transcripts

    Yes

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes, students transferring to Texas in their senior year may substitute the SAT or ACT scores in English or math.
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: TEX. EDUC. CODE ANN. § 39.025(a); 19 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 101.4001(a)
    Subjects tested: TEX. EDUC. CODE ANN. § 39.023(c)
    Type of tests: TEX. EDUC. CODE ANN. § 39.025
    Level assessed: Achieve, Inc.: Do Graduation Tests Measure Up?: A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams (see pg. 15)
    Remediation: 19 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 101.11; Julie Brelsford, Student Assessment Division, Texas Education Agency
    Pass rates: 2007 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: Working to Raise Test Scores (see pg. 158)
    Student transcripts: TEX. EDUC. CODE ANN. § 7.010(c)(3)
    Appeals process: 19 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 101.4001(b)

    Utah
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Vermont
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam

    Purposes besides for graduation

    Level assessed (if available)

    Remediation

    Final pass rates (if available)

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency

    Sources


    Virginia
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Standards of Learning exams (SOL)
    Subjects tested
  • English
  • Algebra I, II
  • Geometry
  • Earth sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • U.S. and Virginia history
  • U.S. and Virginia government
  • World history
  • Geography
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    Yes

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Course credit
    • Level of diploma
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) End-of-course
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: Students have three opportunities per year to pass, before and after 12th grade
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: No
    Classroom evidence: No
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: Yes
    Sources Students must pass: 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-110(B)
    Subjects tested: 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-50(B)
    Type of tests: 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-110(B)
    Purposes: 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE §§ 20-131-30(E), 20-131-50(B),(C),(D), 20-131-280(B)(1)
    Level assessed: 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-110(B)
    Remediation: VA. CODE ANN. § 22.1-253.13:1(C); Lolita Hall, Assessment and Reporting, Virginia Department of Education
    Student transcripts: 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-160-30(21)
    Appeals process: VA. CODE ANN. § 22.1-253.13:4(D)(5)(a); 8 VA. ADMIN. CODE § 20-131-50(D)

    Virgin Islands

    Washington
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? Yes, the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL)
    Subjects tested
  • Reading (eff. class of 2008)
  • Writing (eff. class of 2008)
  • Mathematics (eff. class of 2008)
  • Science (eff. class of 2010)
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    No

    Purposes besides for graduation
    • Level of diploma
      Notes/Citation: Students who pass all tests receive a certificate of academic achievement.
    • School accountability
    Level assessed (if available) Entire test- 10th grade (CEP)
    Remediation Schools/districts must offer: Yes
    Student must participate: No
    Number of chances to retake: The state will pay for up to four retakes before graduation
    Final pass rates (if available) Not available (exit exams begin with class of 2008)
    Scores appear on student transcripts

    No

    Appeals process or alternative ways of demonstrating competency Reciprocity with other states: No
    Substitute assessment: Yes
    Course grades: Yes
    Classroom evidence: Yes
    Criteria-based: No
    Accommodations for general education students: No
    Alternative diploma or certificate: No
    Sources Students must pass: WASH. REV. CODE § 28A.655.061(2)-(4)
    Subjects tested: WASH. REV. CODE § 28A.655.061(3),(4)
    Type of tests: WASH. REV. CODE § 28A.655.061(3)
    Purposes: WASH. REV. CODE §§ 28A.655.061(2), 28A.655.110(2)
    Level assessed: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 207)
    Remediation: WAS. REV. CODE § 28A.655.061(7)(a),(12)
    Pass rates: 2006 Center on Education Policy, State High School Exit Exams: A Challenging Year (see pg. 210)
    Appeals process: WASH. REV. CODE §§ 28A.655.061(10)(b), 28A.655.065

    West Virginia
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Wisconsin
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


    Wyoming
    Exit Exams
    Does state require passage of exit exam for high school graduation? No
    State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam

    State does not have exit exam


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