End-of-Course (EOC) Biology Exams
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End-of-Course (EOC) Biology Exam

In spring 2012, all students taking biology participated in an EOC exam as directed by the 2010 Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6444, section 513 (3). Students in 10th grade who were not in a biology course were still required to take the biology EOC because of the No Child Left Behind requirement to assess science in high school. 

The biology EOC, like the math EOCs, is administered during the last three weeks of the school year. Students in the class of 2015 and beyond must pass a science exam to be eligible to graduate.

The biology EOC is based on the revised K-12 Science Learning Standards. OSPI recommended that the Legislature fund two additional science EOCs, but that's unlikely.

House Bill 1410, signed into law in May 2011, altered the science assessment graduation requirements. That means:

  • Students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 are not required to pass a state science exam.
  • Students in the classes of 2015 and beyond are required to meet the state standard in science on the biology EOC to be eligible to graduate. All 10th graders who have not previously passed the biology EOC must take the state’s science exam as required by No Child Left Behind, whether or not they have completed a biology course.

Students in the class of 2012 were not affected by this legislation. Those students did not have to pass a state science exam.

See the chart on the State Testing page for requirements for other classes.

Questions?

Biology EOC and the science graduation requirement: gradreq@k12.wa.us

 

Presentations

OSPI EOC Policies handout (PDF)

FAQ: Biology Webinar, Sept. 27, 2011 (PDF)

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