During the academic year 2013-14, the end-of-course test
pass rates for students in GAVS earning a 70% or higher was significantly higher (see Figure 2) than those in the state taking the same courses in a traditional classroom setting.
The decline in end-of-course test
performance implies that students' risk of failing the course increase when they are accelerated.
As part of the movement to assess student achievement, the state of Georgia requires that each of eight core high school courses is accompanied by a high-stakes end-of-course test
These instruments were used because all students are required to take the end-of-course tests
for graduation, thus providing a large sample.
Selected items presented in the 18 appendixes that constitute approximately 60% of the document are as follows: a field guide to lead paint safety; information about key HUD requirements regarding lead-based paint; a pamphlet on protecting families against lead; information about insurance and business issues; an overview of pertinent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards; selected OSHA documents; end-of-course test
and test answers; sample forms; and trainer presentation exercises.
Student test data was obtained from the Tennessee Gateway assessment end-of-course test
in Algebra 1.
Keystone Exams are administered in high school -- and possibly in middle school, too, depending upon when the keystone courses were completed -- as end-of-course tests
in algebra, biology and English literature.
It also expands Prepworks' Learning Positioning System (LPS), currently focussed on seventh to twelfth grade End-of-Course Tests
, into the critical developmental lower grades.
(20) Incorporating scores on end-of-course tests
into measuring school performance would be one strategy for mitigating such unintended consequences.
In addition to the task forces recommendations for removal, they also re-affirmed the value and need for the current TNReady exams in grades 3-8, as well as the other end-of-course tests
. Since my first day as commissioner, I have been listening to and learning from teachers and parents across the state, and repeatedly I hear that we must make every effort to protect instructional time, Commissioner McQueen said.
She viewed the committee's consensus on tying the end-of-course tests
to national readiness standards as its most significant proposal.
The thirteen contributions that make up the main body of the text cover evidence-centered design, validity and accountability, the design and development of end-of-course tests
for student assessment and teacher evaluation, and a variety of other related subjects.