|Table 5.5. State high school exit exams, by exam characteristics and state: 2011–12|
Type of high school
Year diplomas first
withheld based on
Grade level of
Grade test first
|Alabama||Comprehensive||1||Reading, language, math, biology, social studies||2001||11||10|
|Alaska||Comprehensive||Reading, writing, math||2004||8–10||10|
|Arizona||Comprehensive||Reading, writing, math||2006||10||10|
|Arkansas||End-of-Course||Algebra I, English II (2015)||2010||Varies||Varies|
|California||Comprehensive||English/language arts, math||2006||English/ language arts (through grade 10), math (grades 6–7 and algebra I)||10|
|District of Columbia||†||†||†||†||†|
|Georgia||Comprehensive||3||English/language arts, writing, math, science, social studies||1995||9-11||11|
|Idaho||Comprehensive||Reading, language usage, math||2006||10||10|
|Indiana||End-of-Course||4||Algebra I, English 10||2012||Varies||Varies|
|Louisiana||End-of-Course||Algebra I or geometry, English II or English III, biology or U.S. history||2014||Varies||Varies|
|Maryland||End-of-Course||English II, algebra/data analysis, biology||2009||10||Varies|
|Massachusetts||Comprehensive and End-of-Course||Comprehensive exam in English/language arts and math; End-of-Course exam in biology, chemistry, introductory physics, or technology/engineering||2003||10, high school standards||10; 9 or 10, science|
|Minnesota||Comprehensive||Reading, written composition, math||2010||High school standards||9, writing;10, reading;11, math|
|Mississippi||End-of-Course||English II, writing, algebra I, biology I, U.S. history||2006||Aligned to course content||Varies|
|Nevada||Comprehensive||Reading, writing, math, science||2003||9-12||10|
|New Jersey||Comprehensive||Language arts literacy, math||2003||9-11||11|
|New Mexico||Comprehensive||5||Reading, math||2013||9-12||11|
|New York||End-of-Course||English/language arts, math, science, social studies||2000||9-12||Varies|
|Ohio||Comprehensive||Reading, writing, math, science, social studies||2007||10||10|
|Oklahoma||End-of-Course||Algebra I, algebra II, geometry, English II, English III, biology I, U.S. history||2012||High school standards||Varies|
|Oregon||Comprehensive||Reading (2012), writing (2013), math (2014)||2012||Varies||Varies|
|Rhode Island||Comprehensive||Reading (2014), math (2014)||2014||9-10||11|
|South Carolina||Comprehensive||6||English/language arts, math||2006||Through grade 10||10|
|Texas||Comprehensive||7||English/language arts, math, science, social studies||2005||Aligned to course content||11|
|Virginia||End-of-Course||Reading, writing, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, biology, earth science, chemistry, world history to 1500, world history from 1500 to present, Virginia and U.S. history, world geography||2004||Aligned to course content||Varies|
† Not applicable. State either does not have an exit exam, or administers
an exit exam, but does not require students to pass the exam to graduate.
1 Alabama is transitioning from comprehensive exit exams to end-of-course exams for the graduating class of 2015; students will not need to pass the end-of-course exams to graduate. Subjects are yet to be determined.
2 Florida is phasing in end-of-course exams in algebra I, biology I, and geometry for the graduating class of 2015; students must pass these exams to graduate.
3 Beginning with the class of 2015, Georgia is phasing out its comprehensive exit exams in English/language arts, math, science, and social studies and will phase in end-of-course exams.
4 Indiana also administers an end-of-course exam in biology that is not required for graduation.
5 New Mexico collaborated with school districts to develop end-of-course exams that serve as final exams in writing, science, and social studies courses; districts set passing scores for graduation.
6 South Carolina administers end-of-course exams in science and U.S. history and the Constitution that are not required for graduation.
7 Texas is phasing in end-of-course exams in English I, II, III, algebra I and II, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, world geography, world history, and U.S. history for the graduating class of 2015. Students must pass these exams to graduate.
8 Washington will transition to a combination of comprehensive and end-of-course exams for the class of 2013. Washington is phasing in end-of-course exams in algebra I, geometry and biology.
SOURCE: State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition, Center on Education Policy, 2012; State Profiles on Exit Exam Policies, Center on Education Policy, retrieved November 7, 2012 from http://www.cep-dc.org/page.cfm?FloatingPageID=79. Data Source.