HENRY COUNTY GA – Ms. Karen Perry, System Testing Specialist for Henry County Schools, presented the new test out option for high school students to earn course credit, to the Board of Education. To read the about the new procedure, and print and application click here.
What is “Testing Out?”
Prior to taking a high school course with an End-of-Course Test (EOCT), a student may earn credit by scoring at the “Exceeds” level on the state EOCT.
Which students are eligible?
Student Eligibility Requirements:
- Cannot be currently or previously enrolled in the course,
- Must have a B or better in a pre-requisite course,
- Obtain counselor signature on application,
- Be recommended by the teacher in the most recent course in the same content area, and
- Have parent/guardian permission if the student is less than 18 years of age.
Students who do not meet all the above criteria will not be allowed to test out.
What should be considered?
Among the factors to be considered, five stand out:
- Student athletes who anticipate competing at the collegiate level, the NCAA eligibility rules differ from state and local graduation rules and explicitly prohibit “courses completed through credit-by-exam.”
- If the student does not score at the Exceeds performance level, the student must take the course within their regular course of study.
- The student will earn regular course credit if the test-out is successful, and will not be
- eligible for honors or AP credit in the course.
- The semester final average will reflect the Exceeds classroom grade equivalent for the EOCT.
For additional factors and issues to consider, see your High School Councilor.
Is there a cost involved?
Students must pay a $50 fee before taking each EOCT. If the student scores at the “Exceeds” level, the money will be refunded. Students who are otherwise qualified and approved for testing, but cannot afford the $50 fee, contact the System Testing Specialist for additional information and guidance.
Testing windows and Guidelines.
Testing will be available during for specified EOCT’s in August, September, March and July. The first window for assessment this year is September.
All tests will be administered online unless a student requires documented accommodations.
Student’s may test-out in no more than three (3) EOCT courses in high school.
For complete details and considerations see your child’s counselor for more information.
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