Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), enacted in the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly, requires a new public school assessment program beginning in the 2011-12 school year. The legislation allowed, with approval by the Kentucky Board of Education, an end-of-course (EOC) assessment program at the high school level.
Kentucky completed the state-required procurement process in 2011, and ACT, Inc. was awarded the contract to provide EOC assessments.
Assessments for English II, Algebra II, Biology and US History have been purchased as part of ACT’s QualityCore® program. The program is syllabus-driven and will include curriculum and instruction support materials. QualityCore® has been developed based on research in high-performing classrooms that focus on the essential standards for college and career readiness.
Instructions to access the instructional support materials for the four EOC courses will be shared with districts and schools in the coming weeks.
The EOC assessments will be administered throughout the year as students earn credit in each course.
More information and details regarding EOC assessments are available on this page and from the Kentucky QualityCore
Inclusion of Grade 8 Students in high school EOC calculations
EOC testing in Algebra II, English II, Biology and U.S. History is a state-required component for high schools. During 2011-12, several hundred grade 8 students in accelerated programs completed coursework and testing in Algebra II and Biology. These grade 8 EOC student scores were “banked” or held until a process could be developed to include the grade 8 EOC scores in high school reporting. The Office of Assessment and Accountability (OAA) worked with other KDE offices, District Assessment Coordinators and the School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council (SCAAC) on this issue.
At its March 2013 meeting, SCAAC recommended that a student’s grade 8 EOC score(s) be banked until the student is enrolled in grade 9. A student’s grade 8 EOC score will be included in accountability reporting of the high school in which the student is enrolled for a full academic year in grade 9 (i.e., enrollment for any 100 instructional days). The logic of this approach is that the receiving high school is accepting the EOC coursework as a graduation requirement; therefore, the EOC test score should follow the course credit to the high school. This process continues to encourage strong accelerated programs in the middle school. This new process is a “win, win” for students and schools.