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The Civics Education Initiative of 2015 - Ensuring all students are taught basic civics and learn to be ready for active, engaged citizenship is a goal that both sides of the aisle can agree upon. The means to that goal is hotly debated. This education trends report takes a look at the action from around the country. (Maria Millard, ECS, June 2015)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: High School--Exit Exams - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

End-of-Course Exams PDF - This report identifies the states with current or pending state-level end-of-course assessment (EOC) programs, the subjects in which EOCs are administered in the states, and the EOCs (if any) students must pass to graduate from high school. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, March 2012)...

The Progress of Education Reform: End-of-Course Exams PDF - In recent years, criticism of high school graduates’ lack of readiness for college and work has led a number of states to raise high school graduation requirements — particularly in terms of the number and rigor of courses students must pass. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform addresses end-of-course assessments at the high school level. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, April 2010)...

State Approaches to Improving High School Outcomes: A National Perspective - On October 6, ECS Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Dounay Zinth presented to Oklahoma's Legislative Task Force on Achieving Classroom Excellence, created by 2009 S.B. 1168. Dounay Zinth's presentation raises the need for states to focus greater policy attention on the middle grades, and provides information about national trends in high school assessments, including: end-of-course and exit exams, substitute assessments for students who do not pass exit exams and administration of the ACT to all 11th graders.(Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, October 2009)...

State High School Tests: Changes in State Policies and the Impact of the College and Career Readiness Movement - This 10th installment of CEP’s annual study of high school exit exams and other assessments finds that fewer states are requiring students to pass a high school exit exam, though testing in other areas has increased. The report, based on a survey of all 50 state departments of education, discusses state policies associated with high school exit exams, college entrance exams (such as the ACT or SAT), and college and career readiness assessments. (Center on Education Policy, December 2011)...

Independent Evaluation of the California High School Exit Examination: 2011 Evaluation Report - This annual report covers analyses of California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) test results and other evaluation activities conducted through June 2011. Evaluation activities, findings from these activities, and recommendations based on these findings are summarized. The evaluation includes analysis of test quality, test results, student perspectives, and an investigation of indicators of student achievement and success outside the program. (Human Resources Research Organization, Nov 2011)...

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