Students in grades 7-12 take math and biology end-of-course (EOC) exams. EOCs allow students to be tested on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained from a specific course rather than on a comprehensive test like the
High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) that assesses overall knowledge.
EOCs began in spring 2011 as required by state law
RCW 28A.655.066. The math EOCs replaced the math HSPE and are given within the last three weeks of the school year. The math EOCs are based on the revised
K-12 Mathematics Learning Standards and are available in algebra 1/integrated math 1 and geometry/integrated math 2. The EOCs are given to students in grades 7-12 who are taking those respective classes.
Students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 must pass one math EOC to graduate. See the chart on the
State Testing page for requirements for other classes.
In spring 2013, all students taking biology will participate in an EOC as directed by the 2010
Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6444, section 513 (3). Students in 10th grade who are not in biology will still have to take the biology EOC because of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act requirement to assess science in high school. The biology EOC, like the math EOCs, will be administered within the last three weeks of the school year.
Students in the classes of 2015 and beyond must pass a biology EOC to graduate. Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are adopted, implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass the biology EOC. After NGSS are adopted, implemented and assessed, they will be required to pass a Comprehensive NGSS Test. The timeline for NGSS is undetermined.