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End-of-Course (EOC) Exams

EOC Exam Testing Window: April 22 - May 24, 2013; a make-up testing window (optional) will open May 29th and close on June 7th; multi-track schools may continue to administer EOC exams until June 7, 2013.

End-of-Course exams are statewide summative assessments administered at the end of a course. The Hawaii Department of Education requires students in the following courses to be administered EOC exams as part of the Race to the Top grant requirements: Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, Expository Writing I, and U.S. History.

Students in Biology I are required to take the Biology I EOC Exam as part of the requirements for the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The statewide participation rate is reported as required by NCLB. Student performance and participation rates on the Biology I EOC Exam have no bearing on a school's AYP calculation. The Grade 10 HSA in Science is no longer administered.

The EOC exams are used to measure student proficiency of course content standards, inform instruction and standardize course expectations as required by the Race to the Top grant and the No Child Left Behind law. The EOC exams measure student proficiency of the standards and benchmarks assigned to the course. The Algebra I, Algebra II and Expository Writing I EOC exams measure student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Biology I and U.S. History EOC exams measure student proficiency of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS) III.

The EOC exams are administered online via the AIR secure browser used for the administration of the Hawaii State Assessments (HSAs). The EOC exams are administered at the end of instruction during the last three weeks of the course. Students are given one opportunity within the three-week testing window with a second opportunity being allowed on a case-by-case basis. Guidelines regarding retake options will be forthcoming. Trainings for Teachers, Test Coordinators and Technology Coordinators are provided by the Systems Accountability Office.

Each EOC exam will have approximately 50 questions aligned to the content standards assigned to the course. The exams are expected to take the same amount of time as the HSAs to be administered. The exams are untimed and tests may be paused by either the student or the test administrator and completed at a later time within the EOC exam testing window. As with the HSAs, a student whose exam is paused for more than twenty minutes will not be allowed to review questions answered during the previous test session (or more than twenty minutes earlier when the test was first paused).

The EOC exams include multiple choice and constructed response questions that are machine-scored. When a student completes an exam, the student’s score is displayed on the student’s computer monitor and access to the student’s score report is available to the student’s teacher via the same online reporting system used for the HSAs.

All public school students who are enrolled in the courses specified, as shown below in the End-of-Course Exam Administration Timeline, are required to be administered EOC exams.

End-of-Course Exam Administration Timeline

Content Area
EOC Exam
School Year
2012-13
2013-14
English Language Arts
Expository Writing I
Operational-Field Test
  • Spring 2013 - all high schools
Operational
  • Fall 2013 - block-scheduled high schools only
  • Spring 2014 - all high schools
Mathematics
Algebra I
Operational-Field Test
  • Spring 2013 - all high schools
Operational
  • Fall 2013 - block-scheduled high schools only
  • Spring 2014 - all high schools
Algebra II
Operational-Field Test
  • Spring 2013 - all high schools
Operational
  • Fall 2013 - block-scheduled high schools only
  • Spring 2014 - all high schools
Science
Biology I
Operational
  • Fall 2012 - block-scheduled high schools only
  • Spring 2013 - all high schools
Operational
  • Fall 2013 - block-scheduled high schools only
  • Spring 2014 - all high schools
Social Studies
U.S. History
Operational-Field Test
  • Spring 2013 - all high schools
Operational
  • Fall 2013 - block-scheduled high schools only
  • Spring 2014 - all high schools

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AIR EOC Exams Portal This link will take you to the Aloha HSAP portal.

Assessment System Status This page provides users with the current status of all Online HSAP systems. From this page, users may also access the individual systems, as well as the Listserv e-mail alert system.

The End-of-Course Exams serve three main purposes:

  1. To improve curriculum and instruction and ensure consistency throughout the state. The exams help classroom teachers focus on the most important concepts and skills and identify areas where the curriculum needs to be strengthened.
  2. To help higher education determine if students are ready to do credit-bearing work. Because the exams are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and/or the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards, III, they will measure skills students need to enter and succeed in first-year, credit-bearing courses. Post-secondary institutions will be able to use the results of the exams to tell high school students whether they are ready for college-level work, or if they have content and skill gaps that need to be filled before they enroll in college. This information should help high schools better prepare their students for college, and reduce the need for colleges to provide costly remediation courses.
  3. To assess progress throughout the state. Reports will be issued that will help state education leaders, educators and the public assess progress, identify areas for improvement and evaluate the impact of state strategies for improving overall achievement.

Algebra I EOC Exam

The Algebra I EOC Exam will assess student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards aligned to Algebra I course content. The exam will be administered to all students enrolled in an Algebra I course at the middle and high school levels. The testing window is the last three weeks of the course and will be administered as an operational field test April 22 - May 24, 2013. Results will be made available to teachers by the end of July 2013. Beginning SY 2013-14, the Algebra I EOC Exam will be administered operationally with results posted online, immediately upon student completion of the exam.

Algebra I EOC Exam Blueprint [PDF]

Algebra II EOC Exam

The new Algebra II EOC Exam will assess student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards aligned to Algebra II course content. The exam will be administered to all students enrolled in an Algebra II course. The testing window is the last three weeks of the course and will be administered as an operational field test April 22 - May 24, 2013. Results will be made available online by the end of July 2013 and paper reports will be issued to all students. Beginning SY 2013-14, the Algebra II EOC Exam will be administered operationally with results posted online, immediately upon student completion of the exam.

Algebra II EOC Exam Blueprint [PDF]

Biology I EOC Exam

The Biology I EOC Exam replaces the Grade 10 HSA in Science beginning SY 2012-13. All students enrolled in a Biology I course will be administered this online assessment using the HSA Secure Browser. The Biology I EOC Exam covers all Biological Standards and is to be administered at the end of instruction. The exam is adaptive and students will be administered the exam at the end of the course, after instruction has been completed. The exam includes multiple choice and constructed response (i.e., interactive) items that will be machine-scored. As soon as the student completes the exam, the student’s score will be displayed on the student’s monitor and access to the student’s score report will available to the teacher via the HSA Online Reporting System.

Biology I EOC Exam Blueprint [PDF]

Expository Writing I EOC Exam

The Expository Writing I EOC Exam will assess student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards aligned to Expository Writing I course content. The exam will be administered to all students enrolled in an Expository Writing I course. The testing window is the last three weeks of the course and will be administered as an operational field test April 22 - May 24, 2013. Results will be made available to teachers by the end of July 2013. Beginning SY 2013-14, the Expository Writing I EOC Exam will be administered operationally with results posted online, immediately upon student completion of the exam.

Expository Writing I EOC Exam Blueprint [coming soon]

U.S. History EOC Exam

The U.S. History EOC Exam will assess student proficiency of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III aligned to U.S. History course content. The exam will be administered to all students enrolled in a U.S. History course. The testing window is the last four weeks of the course and will be administered as an operational field test April 22 - May 24. Results will be made available to teachers by the end of July 2013. Beginning SY 2013-14, the U.S. History EOC Exam will be administered operationally with results posted online, immediately upon student completion of the exam.

U.S. History EOC Exam Blueprint [PDF]

Training Tests

Training tests for Algebra I, Algebra II, Expository Writing I and U.S. History EOC Exams, as well as the updated Biology I EOC Exam training test, will be made available on March 11, 2013 at the Aloha HSAP portal: www.alohahsap.org > EOC Exams > Students and Families > Training Tests.

Webinars

The Test Coordinators Webinar will be presented on February 21, 2013, 2:30 PM. This session will focus on the technology requirements for online testing, including secure browsers and common questions such as requirements for java, pop-up blockers, and related topics.

The Test Administration Webinar will be presented on March 14, 2013, 2:30 PM. This session will focus on the EOC Exam, including new features to TIDE and the Online Reporting System and how to prepare for and conduct EOC exams.

The Fall 2013 End-of-Course (EOC) Exam Test Coordination and Administration Webinar presentation focused on the online assessment system features and how to prepare for and administer the Fall 2012 Biology I End-of-Course Exam that will be administered at block-scheduled high schools during the fall 2012 testing window, November 26 - December 14, 2012. The Test Administration and Coordination Webinar was held on Thursday, November 8, 2012.

The Webinar presentation was recorded and posted online at www.alohahsap.org on the EOC Exams Resources page. The webinar is also posted below as a Zip file and in a wav format.

Test Administration Webinar [Zip]
Updated 11/12/2012

Test Administration Webinar [wav]
Updated 11/12/2012


Item/Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the content specifications into actual assessment items. In addition, guidelines for bias and sensitivity, accessibility and accommodations, and style help item developers and reviewers ensure consistency and fairness across the item bank.


Guidelines
2010 - 2012 ADP Algebra II EOC Exam

The American Diploma Project's Algebra II EOC Exam is no longer be administered. Questions related to previous administrations of the ADP Algebra II End-of-Course Exam and results may be addressed to Pearson Assessment at:

Telephone: 866-688-9555, Hours 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM (Central Time), Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Email: ADP@support.pearson.com

For more information on the ADP Algebra II End-of-Course Exam, please utilize the following links:

Previous ADP Algebra II EOC Exam Administration Results

The 2010 - 2012 ADP Algebra II Score Report documents are posted at PearsonAccess (www.pearsonaccess.com). Two copies of the student score reports and support documentation have been shipped to the districts/schools.

Sample Score Reports and Interpretative Guides


Resources
Memos and Notices

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Contact Us

Email:hsa@notes.k12.hi.us

U.S. Mail:
State of Hawaii Department of Education
Student Assessment Section
641 18th Avenue #V102
Honolulu, HI 96816

Telephone: (808) 733-4100
Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM HST

Fax: (808) 733-4483



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