CALL TO ACTION: Recalculate Algebra 2 Course Grades for Students Harmed by Eliminated Algebra 2 EOC
Please help us encourage Governor Scott and the Board of Education to recalculate the course grades for students harmed by the eliminated Algebra 2 End of Course exam.
Our readers know we believe the Algebra 2 EOC was the worst of Florida’s state mandated End of Course exams. We have fought against it since its first disastrous administration in 2015. Now that HB7069 has eliminated it, we have called for the recalculation of Algebra 2 course grades for the more than 140,000 students whose course grades and high school GPAs suffered from this bad assessment. Despite appeals from legislators and parents, the Department of Education has repeatedly responded that such decisions have been left to local districts, and further action would require legislation.
It is time for a massive email campaign.
Please send emails to Governor Scott, Commissioner Stewart and the State Board of Education (contact info below). Here is a sample letter. Feel free to cut and paste. If you know a student negatively affected by this exam, please consider including their story and copying your local school board, as well. Send your email today and share this blog, encouraging others to write as well.
Dear Governor Scott, Commissioner Pam Stewart and Florida Board of Education Members,
HB7069 eliminated the Algebra 2 End of Course exam. In doing so, it exposed an extremely unfair situation for the students who took Algebra 2 during the 2 years the EOC was scored.
- The Algebra 2 EOC had excessive failure rates and led to a dramatic decrease in student participation in higher math. It was a bad exam.
- 141,826 failed the now extinct exam. Those students saw their class grades and high school GPAs suffer since, by statute, the exam was worth 30% of their final course grade.
- Since the exam’s elimination, some districts have chosen to retroactively re-calculate course grades for students who were negatively affected by the Algebra 2 EOC.
- Given the problems with the assessment, grade recalculation could be argued for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. Some districts have only recalculated for the final 2016-17 year. In other districts, no re-calculation of Algebra 2 course grades occurred, at all.
- Additionally, the State does NOT provide guidance to districts on how to convert End of Course exam scores to final course grades, resulting in at least 18 different methods of conversion to final grades. With such variation from district to district, even students who scored WELL on the Algebra 2 EOC, saw their course grades fall, merely because of the county in which they lived.
For example, a student with a 91% (an A) going into the Algebra 2 EOC and scoring a Level 4 would:
- Earn an A if she lived in Brevard, Broward, or Monroe.
- Earn a final grade of a B if she lived in Escambia, Levy or St. John’s.
- This could be the difference between acceptance and rejection to a highly selective university.
This system, with the final calculation of course grades depending on which county a student lives in, is clearly unfair to the students who were required to take the Algebra 2 EOC.
Such a system places some students at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to course grade calculation, high school GPA, eligibility for Bright Futures Scholarships, Dual Enrollment, and sports participation, and, ultimately, admission to highly selective universities.
In essence, the Algebra 2 EOC was a standardized test with unstandardized scoring and grades. Now that the exam has been eliminated, ALL students who were negatively affected should have their course grades recalculated in a manner that is fair and consistent across the State of Florida.
Please insist that these Algebra 2 students be treated in a fair and equitable way and require the re-calculation of course grades for ALL students negatively affected by this bad exam.
- (850) 488-7146
- Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
- (850) 245-0505
- Chair, Marva Johnson – Marva.Johnson@fldoe.org
- Vice Chair, Andy Tuck – Andy.Tuck@fldoe.org
- Gary Chartrand – Gary.Chartrand@fldoe.org
- Ben Gibson – Ben.Gibson@fldoe.org
- Tom Grady – Tom.Grady@fldoe.org
- Rebecca Fishman Lipsey – Rebecca.Lipsey@fldoe.org
- Michael Olenick – Michael.Olenick@fldoe.org