Nevada State Board of Education Approves End of Course (EOC) Cut Scores for Spring 2016 Administration

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - October 06, 2016

The Nevada State Board of Education today approved a cut score of Level Two for End of Course (EOC) Examinations that students must pass to graduate beginning with the Class of 2019.

“Establishing this cut score is an effort to ensure that when a student graduates he or she has the necessary skills to be successful in college or a career,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The most significant change from last year is a recognition that students scoring at a Level Two are progressing towards career readiness. These are students that should not be denied a high school diploma but should receive extra attention and support to ensure that they reach that college and career readiness goal.”

Cut scores on the EOC exams are points established by subject matter experts that define a student’s proficiency level; four being the highest, one being the lowest as expressed in the Achievement Level Description. They reflect a sample of the knowledge and skills expected of students. Level Two is considered progressing toward College and/or Career Readiness. Level Three can be understood as progressing toward College Readiness and Level Four exceeds the achievement standards.

The cut score process is the culmination of a week-long process that brought the Nevada Education Professionals together to determine content-based expectations for students based on Nevada Academic Content Standards. These educators and stakeholders then examined the content and policy to determine a cut score. The State Board then adopted the cut score recommendation made by the Council to Establish Academic Standards on Sept. 26.

In 2013, the Nevada Legislature passed SB 288 that replaced the Nevada High School Proficiency exams with the EOC exams. Students in graduation cohorts prior to the Class of 2019 need to participate in the exams but students in the Class of 2019 and future classes will need to pass the tests.

EOC exams were given for the first time in the spring of 2015 and were administered in the following subjects:

• English Language Arts I: focus on reading comprehension
• English Language Arts II: focus on writing
• Math I: emphasis on Algebra I
• Math II: emphasis on Geometry
• Integrated Math I: emphasis on first course in integrated sequence
• Integrated Math II: emphasis on second course in integrated sequence

In order to graduate, members of the Class of 2019 must pass four EOC exams; Math I, Math II or Integrated Math I and Integrated Math II, and English Language Arts I and English Language Arts II. For the Class of 2020, the graduation requirement changes to passing four EOC exams; Combined English Language Arts, Math I, Math II and Science.