End-of-Course (EOC) Biology Exam
The biology EOC exam is based on the 2009 K-12 Science Learning Standards. Students take the biology EOC exam during the last three weeks of the school year – ideally, as they are completing a biology course. However, even 10th graders who are not enrolled in biology are required to take the exam because it is one of the tests used to determine school and district Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Some students who receive special education services will not take a biology EOC exam in 10th grade. Those students will take the Washington – Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) in 11th grade. This exception is noted in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Students in the Class of 2017 and beyond are also required to pass the biology EOC exam (or WA-AIM), or state-approved alternative, to be eligible to graduate.
See the State Testing page for assessment requirements listed by year of expected graduation.