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End of Course Exams

April 4, 2012 Comments off

End of Course Exams (PDF)
Source: Education Commission of the States

This report provides information on states that require students enrolled in courses that have an end-of-course (EOC) exam to take the EOC.

EOC by the numbers:

+ Statewide administration:

  • Twenty-two states currently administer one or more EOCs to all students in an EOC course.
    • This number will increase to 26 states over the next decade as EOCs are anticipated to be implemented in Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii and Ohio.

+ EOC as exit exam:

  • Eight states currently require students to pass one or more EOC assessments to graduate from high school.
    • This number will likely increase to 15 states by 2020, with theanticipated implementation of EOCs as exit exams in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas and Washington.

+ EOC not exit exam:

  • Eleven states currently administer EOCs to all students in an EOC course, but do not require students to earn a passing score. These 11 states include California, New Jersey and South Carolina, which use another assessment as the state’s exit exam.

+ Final course grade:

  • At least five states — Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee — require that the score on the EOC be factored into a student’s final course grade. A sixth state, Texas, offers districts a deferral of a policy to incorporate EOC scores into students’ final course grades, but for the 2011-12 school year only.

Bullying and Open Enrollment

November 26, 2011 Comments off

Bullying and Open Enrollment
Source: Education Commission of the States

Some state anti-bullying policies require districts to adopt strategies to protect students who have been bullied from further victimization. A few states go one step further, adopting specialized interdistrict transfer policies to allow victims of bullying to enroll in another school district, or allowing for the transfer of bullies themselves. This report describes state policies to allow bullying victims, or bullies themselves, to transfer to another school or district.

A State Policymaker’s Guide to Expanding Learning Time

July 25, 2011 Comments off

A State Policymaker’s Guide to Expanding Learning Time (PDF)
Source: Education Commission of the States

This brief describes recent state actions to amend the instructional year, and suggests actions for state policymakers. It includes proposed actions for maintaining or expanding learning time during difficult financial times. This guide was a joint project between the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL).

What Savings are Produced by Moving to a Four-Day School Week?

May 28, 2011 Comments off

What Savings are Produced by Moving to a Four-Day School Week? (PDF)
Source: Education Commission of the States

Because of the economic downturn more districts than ever are moving to a four-day school week, but the question still exists — what cost savings, if any, will this move produce? Making use of national and local spending data, this report shows what savings a district might realistically expect to realize when moving to a four-day week.


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