End-of-Course Examination Program results for 2011-12 were released Oct. 2 by the South Carolina Department of Education.
The exams are given in algebra I, biology I, English I, U.S. history and the Constitution to students in high school. Eighth-grade pupils taking algebra I and English I for high school credit also took the exam. The grade the students receive on the exams count for 20 percent of their grade in that course.
Compared to the 2010-11 results, there was a statewide increase in the percentage of students passing the exams in biology, English and U.S. history and the Constitution by 8.3, 1.5 and 3.1 percent, respectively. The percentage of students passing the algebra exam decreased slightly by 0.4 percent.