The move marks the largest effort a group of states has ever undertaken to develop a common assessment based on common standards.
The test will first be administered in May 2008, when it is projected that more than 200,000 students will participate in the assessment. Algebra II is one of several "gatekeeper" courses in high school that research indicates can be a significant predictor of college-readiness and success.
Two U.S. Department of Education studies have found that the highest level of math taken in high school is the most accurate predictor of whether a student will earn a bachelors degree, and that students completing Algebra II in high school more than doubled their chances of earning a four-year college degree.
Other states involved in the testing are Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The project is an initiative of the ADP Network, a group of 29 states committed to preparing all students for college and work. ADP Network states educate nearly 60 percent of all U.S. public school students.
The ADP Network helps states align high school standards, assessments, curriculum and accountability with the demands of college and work.
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