The Louisiana Department of Education has just released a summary of End-of-Course exams, and the results are impressive. In the 2010-2011 school year, 89 percent of students taking the English II test scored fair or better, an increase of 9 percent. In Algebra I, an increase from 71 percent to 79 percent getting a passing score. Geometry scores likewise saw an increase from 66 percent to 75 percent.

EOC exams are designed to measure whether students have mastered the required knowledge, skills, and abilities of the tested course. At least three EOC exams must be passed with a score of Fair or better in order to take home a diploma. This is all in an effort to raise high school graduation rates to 80 percent by 2014.