High School Math  

The reporting on state high school mathematics assessments distinguishes between states that require a comprehensive assessment of mathematics (testing more than one content area) and states that require end-of-course (EOC) math assessments. The table linked below provides information on the types of assessments states administer and three key uses of assessments: for teacher accountability and as a requirement for graduations(see the table linked below). when we compare the high school assessments administered across the states, 14 states administer both mathematics EOC assessments and a comprehensive high school math assessment.

State High School Mathematics Assessments: Required Comprehensive or EOC Assessments, 2017-18 


End-Of-Course Assessments

Below are highlights about state End-Of-Course (EOC) HS mathematics assessments and their intended uses (see the two tables linked below)

  • Number of states. Overall 23 states reported EOC assessments in HS mathematics. EOC assessments are administered statewide in 21 states at the Algebra 1/ Integrated Math 1 level, and 19 states assess EOC for Geometry and Algebra 2/Integrated Math 2.
  • Informing curriculum and instruction. State Education Agencies from 18 states report that EOC math assessments are intended to be used to inform curriculum and instruction. 
  • College and career readiness. State Education Agencies from 14 states report that EOC math assessments are intended to be used to support college and/or career readiness.
  • Accountability. The EOC math assessments are required for school accountability in 18 states and are intended to be used to support college and/or career readiness.
  • High School graduation. Twelve states with EOC high school math assessments require these assessments for high school graduation.

State-administered High School End-of-Course (EOC) Mathematics Assessments, Intended Uses, 2017-18 

Examples of intended Uses of High School EOC Math Assessments, 2017-18 


Comprehensive Assessments

Below are highlights about state comprehensive HS mathematics assessments and their intended uses (see the two tables linked below). 

  • Number of states. Overall 42 states reported using Comprehensive HS Assessments. State comprehensive high school math assessments are administered at grade 11 in 30 states, at grade 10 in 15 states, and in grade 9 in 9 states.

  • Informing curriculum and instruction. State Education Agencies from 24 states report that comprehensive math assessments are intended to be used to inform curriculum and instruction.

  • College and Career Readiness: State Education Agencies from 34 states report that comprehensive math assessments are intended to be used to support college and/or career readiness.  

  • Accountability. In 35 states the comprehensive assessment is used for school accountability. Teacher accountability is an intended use in 10 states with comprehensive HS math assessments.
  • High School graduation. Five states require students to take a comprehensive math assessment for high school graduation.
  • Type of assessments. The assessment instrument used for comprehensive HS math assessments in 2017-18 varied:
    • Fifteen states administered the ACT or the ACT Aspire.
    • Twelve states administered the PSAT or SAT.
    • Nine states required the Smarter Balanced or PARCC assessments.
    • Twelve states required a state specific high school math assessment.
  • Policies on re-taking exams. About twelve states have a no-retake policy. The rest of the states have a range of policies about when re-taking exams is allowed.  For example:

      • In Idaho, if a student does not take the test in tenth grade, he/she has one opportunity to take the test in the eleventh grade.
      • In Indiana, students may retake the exam up to three times per school year (winter, spring, summer) until passed; and they must participate at least once per year to be eligible for a waiver.
      • Massachusetts offers two retests per year, and students are allowed to retake the test as many times as necessary.

State-administered Mathematics Assessment, High School Comprehensive, Intended Uses, 2017-18 

Comprehensive HS Math Assessments, Examples of Policies on Re-takes