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New state-mandated high school graduation guidelines now require students who are taking Algebra I or Algebra I Honors to successfully pass the Algebra I End-of-Course (EOC) exam in order to be eligible for a standard high school diploma. For the next two weeks, ninth grade students and middle school students throughout the district will be taking the exam. Testing starts today, Monday, May 7th and ends Friday, May 18th.
For the last couple of months, teachers have been preparing students for the 60-65 question computerized test that is a mix of multiple choice and fill-in response questions. Students will be given 160 minutes to complete the assessment.
All students who are first-time ninth graders this academic school year or middle school students will be required to score at Achievement Level 3, 4, or 5 on the Algebra I EOC Assessment.
Students who do not pass the Algebra I EOC cannot graduate from high school, even if all of the classroom requirements of the course are met. If the exam is not passed on the first try, students will be able to re-take the exam during future Florida EOC testing windows.The first available retake window in Polk County is July 30th through August 9th .
Approximately 6,000 Algebra I or Algebra I Honors Polk County Public Schools high school students are expected to take the exam. 1,600 middle school students will also be taking the Algebra I EOC Assessment.
Sample questions are available on the Polk County Public Schools’ district math website: http://www.polk-fl.net/staff/teachers/math.htm
Algebra I video resources can also be found at: www.polk-fl.net/students under Quick Links