|The A+ Educational Reform Act of 2000,O.C.G.A. §20-2-281, mandates that the State Board of Education adopt end-of-course assessments in grades 9-12 for core subjects to be determined by the State Board of Education. Note that some 8th graders also participate in these assessments. With educator input, and State Board approval, the End-of-Course Assessment program (EOCT) is therefore comprised of the following eight content area assessments:
- Mathematics I: Algebra/Geometry/Statistics
- Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics
Algebra I and Geometry EOCT will continue to be available through the 2010-2011 school year to accommodate those students that entered high school under the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC) and have not successfully completed these courses as applicable.
- United States History
- Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
- Physical Science
English Language Arts
- 9th Grade Literature and Composition
- American Literature and Composition
What is the purpose of the EOCT?
Improved teaching and learning are the main focus of Georgia’s education system. The EOCT align with the Georgia curriculum standards and include assessment of specific content knowledge and skills. The assessments provide diagnostic information to help students identify strengths and areas of need in learning, therefore improving performance in all high school courses and on other assessments, such as the GHSGT. The EOCT also provide data to evaluate the effectiveness of classroom instruction at the school and system levels.
Who is required to take the EOCT?
Any student enrolled in and/or receiving credit for an EOCT course, regardless of grade level, will be required to take the EOCT upon completion of that course. Middle school students completing an EOCT course must take the EOCT regardless of whether they are receiving high school credit. Students enrolling from non-accredited programs are required to take and pass the EOCT prior to receiving credit for the course.
How does the EOCT affect the student's grade?
The EOCT is administered upon completion of one of the above courses. Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, a student’s EOCT score is averaged in as 20% of the final course grade. The student must have a final course grade of 70 or above to pass the course and earn credit toward graduation. When the student repeats a course to earn credit for graduation, he/she would participate in the EOCT at the end of the repeated course. EOCT scores will not be “banked”. The EOCT is also one criterion for a student to receive a variance for the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT).
For additional information and resources, please visit the Georgia Department of Education web page.