As Nacogdoches High School seniors gear up for their last semester, nearly all have crossed the largest hurdle between them and their diplomas — passing state-mandated End of Course exams.
In fact, 96 percent of 354 NHS seniors have met requirements for EOC testing. The remaining 14 students have one more opportunity to pass the tests before the June 5 graduation. According to the Texas Education Agency, Nacogdoches High School exceeds the state’s passing rate for seniors with 90.3 percent of seniors successfully completing the exams statewide.
“We are working with those last 14 students and putting every effort toward helping them meet EOC requirements before graduation, and we are proud of the 96 percent who have passed all five exams,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes.
High school students must pass five End of Course exams as part of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) standards — Algebra 1, Biology, English 1, English 2 and U.S. History.
In Spring 2014, NHS administered 2,331 EOC exams during the regular, annual testing, and NHS students passed 64 percent of those tests. Passing rates included Algebra I, 58 percent; Biology, 87 percent; English I, 51 percent; English 2, 59 percent; and U.S. History, 65 percent.
Those who did not pass one or more of the tests will have the opportunity to retest in the summer or fall.
For example in December 2014, 342 NHS students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades retested for one or more of the EOC exams.
To learn more about STAAR testing the EOC exams, log on to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/.