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Exit Exams: States Where End-of-Course Exams Are Used as the Exit Exam

End-of-course exams are tests given at the end of a specific course (i.e. Algebra I). The content tested in end-of-course exams is directly linked to the content presented during classroom instruction.

Why does it matter? States benefit when assessments maintain consistent curricular expectations and ensure a common quality standard, states benefit when end-of-course exams enable more in-depth assessment of the curriculum, and students need to know that their engagement in coursework matters.

Highlights:

  • Ten states use end-of-course exams for exit purposes.  
  • North Carolina uses both end-of-course and standards based assessments.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    Last updated: March 12, 2008

    Research conducted by Michael Colasanti.  Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database. 
  • State uses end-of-course assessment as exit exam
    Alabama
  • No
  • Alaska
  • No
  • American Samoa
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Arizona
  • No
  • Arkansas
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: End-of-course exam will be used for exit purposes effective school year 2009-2010.
  • California
  • No
  • Colorado
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Connecticut
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Delaware
  • State does not have exit exam
  • District of Columbia
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Florida
  • No
  • Georgia
  • No
  • Hawaii
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Idaho
  • No
  • Illinois
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Indiana
  • No
  • Iowa
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Kansas
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Kentucky
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Louisiana
  • No
  • Maine
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Maryland
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: End-of-course exams will be used for exit purposes effective with the class of 2009.
  • Massachusetts
  • No
  • Michigan
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Minnesota
  • No
  • Mississippi
  • Yes
  • Missouri
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Montana
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Nebraska
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Nevada
  • No
  • New Hampshire
  • State does not have exit exam
  • New Jersey
  • No
  • New Mexico
  • No
  • New York
  • Yes
  • North Carolina
  • State uses both end-of-course and standardized assessments for exit purposes
  • North Dakota
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Ohio
  • No
  • Oklahoma
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: End-of-course exams will be used for exit purposes effective with the class of 2012.
  • Oregon
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Pennsylvania
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Puerto Rico
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Rhode Island
  • State does not have exit exam
  • South Carolina
  • Yes
  • South Dakota
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Tennessee
  • Yes
  • Texas
  • Yes
  • Utah
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Vermont
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Virgin Islands
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Virginia
  • Yes
  • Washington
  • No
  • West Virginia
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Wisconsin
  • State does not have exit exam
  • Wyoming
  • State does not have exit exam


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