Exit Exams: Final Pass Rates
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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:

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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