Emergency Order: EOC Civics, Algebra I & Geometry

 This essential information is being provided to parents/guardians who have students in 7th grade and/or are enrolled in Algebra I or Geometry course(s) (5/4/21):

 The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) issued an Emergency Order (EO) on April 14, 2021. The Emergency Order gave direction and flexibility to school districts on the use of State assessment results on students' academic records. In particular, courses that have End Of Course (EOC) exam results, by statute, require the results to be weighted 30% of the student’s overall grade. This requirement is waived with the issued Emergency Order. However, there is an opportunity for students to benefit from the results of their performance on the End Of Course exam- The District will apply the EOC results if a student’s performance raises the student’s overall grade in the course.

Please read below for information regarding the 7th Grade Civics EOC and the EOC exams for high school courses -  Algebra I and Geometry, which have high school graduation implications.

7th Grade EOC Civics: If a student’s result on the Civics End of Course (EOC) exam improves the student’s grade, the District will apply the Civics EOC results into the student’s overall civics grade.

 Algebra I and Geometry (high school courses):

For high school courses, the District will apply the EOC results into the student’s overall grade (if it improves the grade), unless the student chooses not to improve their course grade -  keeping a “C” or “D” grade, giving the student an opportunity to improve the grade to an “A” through the Forgiveness Policy. School administrators will consult with parents if the EOC results improve their child’s grade to a “B”. If needed, parental contact will be conducted this summer after state assessment scores are provided to the School District.

 VERY IMPORTANT – High School Graduation Requirements:

  • The Algebra 1 End of Course exam results are required for a standard high school diploma. A student must score a level 3 or higher to meet this requirement.
  • Students who did not have the opportunity to take the Algebra 1 End of Course exam last school year , the results of the Geometry End of Course exam will meet the requirement for Algebra for the standard high school diploma (Student must earn a Level 3 or better).

 Thank you,

Sally Rozanski

 Recap of Information:

A.  End of Course Exams

Florida State Statute: Courses that have End Of Course exam results require the results to be weighted 30% of the student’s overall grade.

B.  Palm Beach County School District Adjustments:

  • Adjustment 1-This requirement is waived with the issued Emergency Order. The overall student grade will be weighted solely on performance in the course.
  • Adjustment 2-There is an opportunity for the student to benefit from applying their performance on the End Of Course exam. In these instances, Palm Beach County School District will use the results for students whose performance will raise their overall grade in the course.
  • Adjustment 3-There may be situations where students (parents) may wish not to have their grade changed as they will choose to improve the grade (taking the course gain) where the overall grade would be a D or C. The application process for the results will be conducted this summer after state assessment scores are provided to the School District.

C.  High School Diplomas

Florida State Statute: The standard high school diploma requirements remain unchanged for any students not graduating in the Spring of 2021. The Algebra 1 End of Course exam results are required for a standard high school diploma. A student must score a level 3 or higher to meet this requirement.

D.  Palm Beach County Schools District Adjustment
Students who did not have the opportunity to take the Algebra 1 End of Course exam last school year, the Geometry End of Course exam results will meet the requirement for Algebra for the standard high school diploma (must score a level 3 or higher).

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