Louisiana's 10th and 11th grade students participate in the state's Graduation Exit Exam (GEE). High school students must score Approaching Basic or above on the English and math portions of the exam, and Approaching Basic or above on either the science or the social studies components of the test in order to graduate. During the 10th grade, students take the English and math portions of the assessment and in 11th grade students take the science and social studies portions of the exam. Students must pass the state test to earn a standard Louisiana diploma.However, freshmen entering high school in the 2010-11 school year and thereafter, will not take the GEE. These students must pass three End-of-Course (EOC) tests in the following categories: English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History. Thus, the EOC tests will replace the GEE for graduation purposes.There are four achievement levels students can score on the End-of-Course exams: Excellent, Good, Fair and Needs Improvement.Students scoring at the achievement level of Excellent have demonstrated mastery of course content beyond Good, while a score of Good indicates a student has demonstrated mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject area. At the level of Fair, a student has demonstrated only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject area. A rating of Needs Improvement indicates a student has not demonstrated the fundamental knowledge and skills for the next level of coursework in the subject area.Students are required to score Fair or above on EOC English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History to be eligible for a standard high school diploma.
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