End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

Who:  Students enrolled in specific Carnegie unit courses
What:  Algebra 1 or Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, English 2, or U.S. History
When:  Testing Window for Semester 1 Courses January 11-29; Testing Window for Semester 2 and Year Long Courses May 27 - June 17

The End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) is a statewide assessment program of end-of-course tests for gateway courses awarded units of credit in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The EOCEP encourages instruction in the specific standards for the courses, encourages student achievement, and documents the level of students’ mastery of the academic standards.  Gateway courses in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies will be defined by the State Board of Education. EOCEP examination scores count 20 percent in the calculation of the student’s final grade in gateway courses. Defined gateway courses currently include Algebra 1Intermediate AlgebraBiology 1English 2, and United States History and the Constitution.  

To meet federal accountability requirements, the EOCEP in English/language 
arts, mathematics, and science must be administered to all public school students, including those students as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and by Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

To receive a South Carolina high school diploma, students are required to pass a high school credit course in science, and a high school credit course in United States history in which the state’s end of course examinations are administered. Currently these courses are Biology 1 (science) and United States History and the Constitution (social studies).

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