Exit Exams: Subjects Tested


Exit Exams: Subjects Tested

Why does it matter? States need to know how well their students can read and write and (and how well they know their history, science, math, etc.)

Highlights:

  • States are slowly phasing in new subjects to be tested in their exit exams. 
  • Florida, for example, will include a writing component to their exit exam which currently has a reading and math test (eff. class of 2010).

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.

Sources for all data points are available through this link.

Last updated: June 18, 2007

Research conducted by Michael Colasanti.  Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.


Subjects tested
Alabama
  • Reading
  • Language  
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Alaska
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
Arizona
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science (beginning the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter)
Arkansas
  • Literacy
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
California
  • English Language Arts
  • Math
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
  • Reading
  • Writing (eff. Class of 2010)
  • Mathematics
Georgia
  • English language arts
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
Hawaii
Idaho
  • Reading
  • Language usage
  • Mathematics
Illinois
Indiana
  • English/language arts
  • Mathematics
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
Maine
Maryland
  • English
  • Algebra/data analysis
  • Biology
  • Government
Massachusetts
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (eff. class of 2010)
  • History/social science (eff. class of 2012)
Michigan
Minnesota
  • Reading
  • Writing composition
  • Mathematics
Mississippi
  • English II
  • Algebra I
  • Biology I
  • U.S. History from 1877
 
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science (eff. class of 2011)
New Hampshire
New Jersey
  • Language arts literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
New Mexico
  • Reading
  • Language arts
  • Composition
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
New York
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • US history and government
  • Science
  • Global history and geography
North Carolina
  • 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)

North Dakota
Ohio
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
Oklahoma 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)

Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
  • English language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science (eff. class of 2010)
  • U.S. history (eff. class of 2010)
South Dakota
Tennessee
  • English language arts (English II)
  • Mathematics (Algebra I)
  • Science (Biology I)
Texas
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English I, II and III
  • World geography
  • World history
  • U.S. history
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
  • English
  • Algebra I, II
  • Geometry
  • Earth sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • U.S. and Virginia history
  • U.S. and Virginia government
  • World history
  • Geography
Washington
  • Reading (eff. class of 2008)
  • Writing (eff. class of 2008)
  • Mathematics (eff. class of 2008)
  • Science (eff. class of 2010)
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
American Samoa

Guam
Puerto Rico

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