Exit Exams

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.

Why does it matter?

  • States, schools and districts benefit when standards are taken seriously based on the same high expectations and the same basis of evaluation for all students.
  • Students benefit when schools are held accountable for meeting student needs.

  • 2. Subjects tested: The subjects tested in state exit exams vary greatly by state, but nearly all include a reading/writing component and a mathematics component. Additionally, some states are phasing in tests over time to increase the scope of subjects tested. For example, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) currently includes reading and mathematics, and passage of a writing test will be required starting with the class of 2010.

Why does it matter?

  • States, schools and districts benefit when they know how well their students can read and write (and how well they know their history, science, etc.)

  • 3. States where end-of-course exams are used as the exit exam: End-of-course exams are given at the end of a specific course (for example, after completing Biology I) rather than at a particular grade level (i.e. 10) or at a single point in time during the high school career. In contrast, standards-based exams are given at a specific grade level, for example, at the end of grade 10. Ten states use end-of-course exams for exit purposes.

Why does it matter?

  • States benefit when assessments maintain consistent curricular expectations and ensure a common quality standard.
  • States benefit when end-of-course exams enable more in-depth assessment of the curriculum.
  • Students need to know that their engagement in coursework matters.

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

  • School accountability: Nearly every state with an exit exam uses it as a means of measuring student performance.
  • Course credit: Six states use exit exams as a component of the course grade.
  • Level of diploma: Six states use scores as a criterion for an honors or other advanced diploma or endorsement.
  • Scholarship eligibility: Three states use the scores from exit exams to determine scholarship eligibility.

Why does it matter?

  • States benefit when students take assessments more seriously (when tests hold the potential for personal consequences or recognition).
  • 5. Level assessed: According to the Center on Education Policy and Achieve, Inc., grade levels tested in exit exams range from 6th-11th grade. Information in this database includes the level assessed in the entire exam when available, however some information is only available for certain subjects of a state's exit exam.  

    Why does it matter?

  • States benefit when they align their exit exams to specific course content and grade levels, to assure that students are learning content at the levels necessary to succeed.
  • Employers need to know students have the skills necessary to meet the high expectations of the 21st century workforce.

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

  • Schools/districts must offer: 19 states provide funding or require local school districts to provide funding for student remediation.
  • Students must participate: 10 states require that a student who does not pass must participate in remediation.
  • Number of chances to retake: Retakes are available for students still in high school and for adult students who are interested in receiving their diploma. The number of retakes allowed ranges from three to an unlimited number of opportunities.

Why does it matter?

  • States, schools and districts need to know the weaknesses and strengths of the students in order to properly target instruction and accelerate learning.
  • Students benefit when they have additional chances to take an exit exam after initial failure. 

  • 7. Final (cumulative) pass rates:

    Why does it matter?

  • Students benefit when schools are held accountable for student performance.
  • Students benefit when they are given access to the curriculum necessary to succeed.
  • States, schools and districts benefit when data shows whether they have successfully provided a strong program of instruction.

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.

Why does it matter?

  • States benefit when students take learning and exams more seriously. If scores will be provided to college admissions officers, they are more likely to do so.

  • 9. States that include appeals processes and other measures to demonstrate proficiency: All except two states provide an appeals process or other ways to demonstrate proficiency for students who did not pass their exam. These include:

    • Reciprocity with other states: Seven states allow scores from other states to count as a passing score for that state's exam.
    • Substitute assessments: Twelve states allow students to pass another exam in lieu of the exit exam (e.g. the SAT).
    • Evaluation of course grades: Seven states allow students to appeal their exit exam scores by using, in part, grades in relevant courses.
    • Evaluation of classroom evidence: Seven states use an evaluation of student portfolios and other classroom work as a part of an appeal to a student's exit exam score.
    • Evaluation of other criteria: Seven states use other criteria as a part of an appeal.This includes participation in remediation, attendance, letters of recommendation, etc.
    • Accommodations for general education students: Two states allow general education students to use accommodations while taking an exit exam.
    • Issuance of an alternative diploma or certificate: Nine states issue an alternative diploma or certificate to general education students who do not pass an exit exam but who do all other graduation requirements.

    Why does it matter?

  • Students benefit when they are able to demonstrate proficiency by using alternative means.


Methodology:
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


Federal Law

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