State releases results for End-of-Course Assessments

The Indiana Department of Education released scores last week for the first round of End-of-Course Assessments, marking a transition from one regime of high-stakes testing to another.

Passing rates for Monroe County school districts were at or above the state average. Still, from one-third to more than one-half of local students didn’t pass the tests the first time around.

The ECAs replace the Graduation Qualifying Exam, which will be given for the last time in the spring of 2011 to this year’s high-school seniors. Starting with the Class of 2012, students will be expected to pass the ECA for Algebra I and English 10 to graduate.

A third End-of-Course Assessment, for Biology I, fulfills a federal requirement for assessing students’ progress in science but isn’t required for graduation.

Because the spring of 2010 was the first time the ECAs were given, it’s hard to know just what to make of the scores. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett said they create a baseline for future comparisons, Continue reading