Exit Exams: Final Pass Rates


Exit Exams: Final Pass Rates

Final pass rates, also referred to as cumulative pass rates, refer to the percentage of students who pass the exit exam after the maximum number of retake opportunities are afforded.

Why does it matter? Students benefit when they are given access to the curriculum necessary to succeed and when schools are held accountable for student performance. Additionally, states, schools and districts benefit when data shows whether they have successfully provided a strong program of instruction.

Highlights:

  • Pass rates range from 78% (North Carolina) to 95% (Louisiana).
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 accessible through this link.

Last updated: June 26, 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.


Final pass rates (if available)
Alabama 2006:
  • Reading - 95%
  • Language - 95%
  • Math - 95%
  • Science - 96%
  • Social Studies - 94%
Alaska Not available
Arizona 2006:
  • Reading/Language Arts - 80%
  • Writing - 81%
  • Math - 77%
  • All subjects - 71%
Arkansas Not available
California 2006:
  • English Language Arts - 94%
  • Math - 94%
  • Both subjects - 91%
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida Not available
Georgia 2006:
  • English Language Arts - 96%
  • Math - 94%
  • Science - 86%
  • Social studies - 91%
Hawaii
Idaho Not available
Illinois
Indiana 2005:
  • All subjects - 88.5%
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana 2006:
  • All subjects - 97%
Maine
Maryland Not available
Massachusetts 2006:
  • English Language Arts - 96%
  • Math - 96%
  • Both subjects - 95%
Michigan
Minnesota Not available
Mississippi 2006:
  • English II - 98%
  • Writing prompt - 99%
  • Algebra I - 99%
  • Biology I - 99%
  • U.S. history - 99%
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada 2006:
  • Reading - 99%
  • Writing - 99%
  • Math - 91%
New Hampshire
New Jersey Not available
New Mexico 2006:
  • Reading - 90%
  • Language Arts - 84%
  • Writing Composition - 97%
  • Math - 86%
  • Science - 84%
  • Social Studies - 87%
  • All subjects - 76%
New York 2006:
  • Comprehensive English - 76%
  • Math - 78%
  • Science - 79%
  • Global History & Geography - 76%
  • U.S. History & Government - 73%
North Carolina 2006:
  • Competency Test of Reading & Math - 93%
  • Computer Skills Test - 93%
North Dakota
Ohio 2006:
  • Reading - 95%
  • Writing - 93%
  • Math - 92%
  • Science - 87%
  • Social Studies - 89%
Oklahoma Not available
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina No available
South Dakota
Tennessee 2006:
  • English II - 98%
  • Algebra I - 94%
  • Biology I - 99%
  • All subjects - 94%
Texas 2006:
  • English Lanuage Arts - 94%
  • Math - 84%
  • Science - 83%
  • Social Studies - 96%
Utah
Vermont

Virginia Not available
Washington Not available (exit exams begin with class of 2008)
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
American Samoa

Guam
Puerto Rico

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