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ERIC Number: ED502420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
American Diploma Project. Algebra II End-Of-Course Exam: 2008 Annual Report
Achieve, Inc.
States are increasingly focusing the mission of their elementary and secondary education systems on preparing all students for success in postsecondary education and 21st century careers. As standards have increased, so too have graduation requirements. Today, 20 states and the District of Columbia have adopted such high school graduation policies. Even before states had raised their mathematics expectations, it became clear that a different kind of assessment was needed to reflect their changing expectations. To that end, fourteen states--Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington--joined together to develop and use a common end-of-course exam in Algebra II. In the spring of 2008, nearly ninety thousand students across twelve of the fourteen states in the partnership took the ADP Algebra II end-of-course exam for the first time. In subsequent years, the number of exam takers is expected to grow significantly. This report, released as the scores from the first administration are reported to students, their teachers and their parents, provides an overview of the test as well as exam results from each of the participating states. Most states offered the test on a pilot basis this year, giving many educators a first look at the expectations of a rigorous Algebra II course assessment. States are in the process of developing policies for the use of the test. and how it will fit into their still-evolving high school assessment and accountability systems. While most of the states in the partnership require, or plan to require, students to take Algebra II in order to graduate, these new requirements are being phased in over time and do not apply to most of the students who took the exam this year. Consequently, this year's participation rates in Algebra II courses and in the ADP end-of-course exam vary from state to state. Therefore, comparisons of state results are neither meaningful nor appropriate at this time. (Contains 6 tables and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Arkansas; Hawaii; Indiana; Kentucky; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Washington
IES Cited: ED506465