Well, I’m not sure what to make of the Biology End of Course Exam results that were released this week. There is hardly any news on the results. The Palm Beach Post is really the only news outlet that I could find so far that paid any attention.
Students taking the biology EOC got about half the questions correct. Out of 56 questions, an average of 27.98 were answered correctly on each test, spokeswoman Cheryl Etters said.
You can sort through the results by district and by school here. Since this is the first official year for this test, the scores were merely broken down into thirds. A student either scored in the top third, middle third, or bottom third. That’s all we know at this point. Here’s a full story at the Post, too.
In theory, these tests count for 30 percent of ninth-graders grades in their geometry and biology classes this year. However, Marc Baron, the district’s chief of performance accountability, said scores will not affect students’ semester grades or GPAs.
Beginning next year, ninth-graders must earn a passing score on the end-of-course tests in geometry and biology to graduate.
And let’s not forget that scores will also be applied to teachers’ performance ratings annually.