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ERIC Number: ED512141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
End-of-Course Exams: A Growing Trend in High School-Level Assessments. The Progress of Education Reform. Volume 11, Number 2
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
In recent years, criticism of high school graduates' lack of readiness for college and work has led a number of states to raise high school graduation requirements--particularly in terms of the number and rigor of courses students must pass. This issue of "The Progress of Education Reform" addresses end-of-course assessments at the high school level. It addresses the following questions: (1) What are end-of-course exams (EOCs), and how do they differ from the assessments many states have been administering to date?; (2) Why the trend toward EOCs?; (3) How many states administer EOCs?; (4) For what purposes are these assessments used, including: (a) Are these tests aligned with "college-ready" indicators?; and (b) Are they used as exit exams?; (5) What has been the impact on students of the transition to end-of-course assessments? What does the research say?; and (6) Are there "best practices" other states can learn from? A list of ECS resources is included. (Contains 23 endnotes.)
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: United States