Students Get A Break On Some Tests: Algebra, Geometry Won't Count In Grades This Year

May 20, 2015

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The Florida Department of Education says some of the state’s mandated end-of-course exams won’t count toward a student’s final grade this year. The move addresses part of a new law that calls for a review of state exams.

Florida lawmakers ordered a review of the state’s new exam and select end-of-course tests. But the results  won’t be released until after the school year ends. To address the discrepancy, the Florida Department of Education says teachers won’t have to count the Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry end-of-course exams in a student’s final grade this year.

The only end-of-course test students are mandated to pass is the Algebra I exam, and if they fail it—they will have to make it up by retaking the test or an alternative exam.

History, Biology and Civics end-of-course tests will still count as 30 percent of a student’s final grade.

The results of the state testing review aren’t due back until September, and the Florida Department of Education is giving local districts discretion in how to account for the test scores once they come in.