The numbers of Florida students passing the state’s end-of-course exams in Algebra 1 and 2 this spring were sharply higher than last spring while the number of students passing the Geometry EOC declined.
The number of students passing the Algebra 1 EOC this spring rose by 16% over last spring. Students in 8th and 9th grades had the greatest increases.
The number of students earning passing scores on the Algebra 2 EOC was 10% higher this spring than last spring. Ninth and tenth graders had the largest improvements.
Meanwhile, the number of students passing the Geometry EOC this spring was 6% lower than last spring. The largest drop occurred among 9th graders.
The Florida Department of Education reported that on the Geometry exam the passing rate – the students who earned a passing score as a percentage of the number taking the exam – was 2% higher this spring than last spring. However, 11% fewer students took the Geometry exam this spring than last spring so that even with the slightly higher passing rate the number of students passing the exam fell.
Students must pass the Algebra 1 EOC to earn a standard high school diploma in Florida. That is not the case for the Geometry EOC; however, the exam counts as 30% of the final course grade. Algebra 2 is not a graduation requirement; however, if a student takes the course the EOC counts as 30% of the final course grade. (Statute language here)
If Governor Scott signs HB 7069 into law, the Algebra 2 EOC will be terminated.
All of the exam data here were obtained from the FLDOE’s Assessments Results page.