Algebra 1 End of Course Assessment Q & A

Which students participated in the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment in the 2011-12 school year?

All middle and high school students enrolled in and completing the following courses were required to take the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment:

  • Algebra 1 – 1200310
  • Algebra 1 Honors – 1200320
  • Algebra 1B – 1200380
  • Pre-AICE Mathematics 1 – 1209810
  • IB Middle Years Program – Algebra 1 Honors – 1200390
  • Students who retook the test

How are scores being reported for the 2012 Algebra 1 EOC Assessment?

The Algebra 1 EOC Assessment is being reported using scale scores and Achievement Levels. The new score scale and Achievement Levels (see below) for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment were approved by the State Board of Education on December 19, 2011. Scores for the winter 2011-12 Algebra 1 EOC Assessment administration were the first scores reported on the new scale. Level 3 indicates satisfactory performance. If a student is required to pass an EOC assessment to earn course credit, the passing score is the minimum scale score in Achievement Level 3. Level 4 or higher indicates the student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college-readiness standards by the time the student graduates from high school.

Algebra 1 EOC Assessment Scale Scores (325 to 475)

  • Level 1: 325-374
  • Level 2: 375-398
  • Level 3 (passing): 399-424
  • Level 4: 425-436
  • Level 5: 437-475

What are the passing score requirements for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment?

Students who entered grade 9 in the 2011-12 school year and have not previously earned a high school Algebra 1 credit must earn a passing score on the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment. The passing score for the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment is the minimum scale score in Achievement Level 3; therefore, students must earn a score of 399 or higher to pass the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment. This scale score was identified through a standard-setting process in fall 2011, which established the scale-score ranges for all of the Achievement Levels.

What happens if a student fails an EOC assessment when passing is a graduation requirement?

Students who are 9th graders this year must pass the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment in order to receive credit for Algebra 1; this credit is required for graduation. A 9th grader who does not pass the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment should receive remediation in Algebra 1 to help them master the standards before retaking the assessment. There are several different options for students who need remediation in Algebra 1.

If the student passed the Algebra 1 course but did not pass the EOC assessment, then the student may go on to the next higher mathematics course and also take a credit recovery course that provides remediation in Algebra 1. This credit recovery course is not based on seat time, so the student would only stay in the course as long as necessary to master the standards.

If the student did not pass the Algebra 1 course, the student could retake it. This could occur over the summer or in the first semester of the next school year. Alternatively, a district could provide intense instruction over the summer to help the student master the Algebra 1 standards.

In addition, students can access Algebra 1 practice lessons in the FCAT Explorer and through the Florida Virtual School.

In 2012-13, students will have three opportunities to take/retake the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment, with each district selecting administration weeks within this schedule:

      • July 23 – August 10, 2012
      • November 28 – December 19, 2012
      • April 29 – 17, 2013

Please contact your local school district to find out when the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment will be administered.

Which students are required to have the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment results calculated as 30 percent of their final course grade?

Students who entered grade 9 in the 2010-11 school year and were enrolled in Algebra 1 or an equivalent course must have the Algebra 1 EOC Assessment score calculated as 30 percent of their final grade in the course. Districts received a conversion table that may be used to convert the new scale scores into T scores, which are the scores that were reported in spring 2011. The T scores should then be factored into the student’s course grade in the same manner as in spring 2011.

*T Score—the score that students receive the first year that an EOC assessment is administered. T scores are reported using a normreferenced score scale, known as a Tscore scale.

May a student who is subject to the 30 percent course grade weighting requirement retake an EOC assessment to improve his or her course grade?

Yes; however, this option is only available in certain school districts for students who are eligible to do so under the grade forgiveness policies of their district. For additional information about grade forgiveness policies, please contact your local school district.

May a student, who is required to pass an EOC assessment for course credit and has already earned a passing score retake the assessment to improve his or her score?

No.

Are EOC assessments computer-based or paper-based?

The EOC assessments are computer-based. Exceptions are made for students with disabilities who need to take EOC assessments on paper because the available computer-based accommodations are not appropriate. The paper-based accommodation must be listed on the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

Is there any evidence to indicate whether students perform better or worse when testing on a computer?

Prior to moving to computer-based testing, the Department studied whether there is a difference in performance between assessments taken on the computer and on paper. The Department’s findings are provided in What do we know about choosing to take a high-stakes test on a computer?

Students are required to participate in a practice test prior to testing in order to become familiar with the online testing tools.

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