The A+ Educational Reform Act of 2000,O.C.G.A. §20-2-281, mandates that the State Board of Education adopt end-of-course assessments for core courses to be determined by the Board. The EOCTs serve as a student's final exam in the associated course. With educator input, and State Board approval, the End-of-Course Assessment program is therefore comprised of the following content area assessments:
- Coordinate Algebra
- Analytic Geometry (Beginning Winter 2013 Administration)
- Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics
- GPS Geometry
- United States History
- Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
- Physical Science
- English Language Arts
- Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
- American Literature and Composition
What is the purpose of the EOCT?
Improved teaching and learning are the main focus of Georgia’s education system. The EOCT align with Georgia's state mandated content standards and include assessment of specific content knowledge and skills. The assessments provide diagnostic information to help students identify strengths and areas of need in learning, therefore improving performance in all high school courses. The EOCT also provide data to evaluate the effectiveness of classroom instruction at the school, system and state levels. In 2011 – 2012, the EOCT became Georgia’s high school accountability assessment as part of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
Who is required to take the EOCT?
Any student enrolled in and/or receiving credit for an EOCT course, regardless of grade level, will be required to take the EOCT upon completion of that course. Middle school students completing an EOCT course must take the EOCT regardless of whether they are receiving high school credit. Students enrolling from non-accredited programs are required to take and pass the EOCT prior to receiving credit for the course. Additional information on this topic can be found in the Student Assessment Handbook posted at: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Information-For-Educators.aspx.
How does the EOCT affect the student's grade?
The EOCT is administered upon completion of one of the above courses. A student’s final grade in the course will be calculated using the EOCT as follows (State Board Rule 160-4-2-.13):
- For students enrolled in grade nine for the first time before July 1, 2011, the EOCT counts as 15% of the final grade.
- For students enrolled in grade nine for the first time on July 1, 2011 or after, the EOCT counts as 20% of the final grade.
When are the EOCT administered?
There are three main administrations of the EOCT: Winter, Spring and Summer. In addition, on-line Mid-Month administrations are offered in August, September, October, November, January, February and March. Retest administration windows are also provided in conjunction with the existing Online Mid-month and Summer administration windows. Retests are intended to provide students who do not meet the standard on an EOCT with one additional opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency.
EOCT Study Guides
- GAA[ http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/GAA.aspx ]