The End-Of-Course (EOC) tests are designed to measure whether students have mastered the knowledge, skills, and abilities at the end of courses. The content of the assessments is based on Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs).
End-of-Course testing was recommended by the High School Redesign Commission to ensure consistent and rigorous instruction and academic expectations throughout Louisiana high schools. End-of-course tests are given to high school students in the following subjects: Algebra I, English II, Geometry, Biology, English III, and American History.
All incoming freshmen must pass three EOC tests in the following categories: English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History.
There are four achievement levels students can score on the End-of-Course exams: Excellent, Good, Fair and Needs Improvement.
Students scoring at the achievement level of Excellent have demonstrated mastery of course content beyond Good, while a score of Good indicates a student has demonstrated mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject area. At the level of Fair, a student has demonstrated only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject area. A rating of Needs Improvement indicates a student has not demonstrated the fundamental knowledge and skills for the next level of coursework in the subject area.
Students are required to score Fair or above on EOC English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History to be eligible for a standard high school diploma.
Students with disabilities who have passed two of the three required EOC assessments and have exhausted all opportunities prior to the end of their senior year may request to have the required third EOC test waived by the State Superintendent of Education if the Louisiana Department of Education determines the student's disability significantly impacts his or her ability to pass the EOC exam.