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Appendix A2: State cut scores for selected content area assessments: 2003

English language, literature, and composition: content knowledge (41)

State Cut Score
Arkansas
159
District of Columbia
150
Hawaii
164
Indiana
153
Kentucky
155
Louisiana
160
Maryland
164
Mississippi
157
Missouri
158
Nevada
150
New Hampshire
164
New Jersey
155
North Carolina1
--
Ohio
167
Oregon
164
Pennsylvania
160
South Carolina
162
Georgia
168
Tennessee
157
Vermont
172
Virginia
172
West Virginia
155
National Median
176

1. North Carolina uses a combined score from the English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge (41) and the English Language, Literature and Composition: Pedagogy (61) assessments for their English 9-12 license. The individual assessment cut score is not applicable to this table.

Mathematics: content knowledge (61)

State Cut Score
Arkansas
146
District of Columbia
141
Hawaii
136
Indiana
136
Georgia
136
Kentucky
125
Maryland
141
Mississippi
123
Missouri
137
Nevada2
144
New Hampshire
127
New Jersey
130
North Carolina3
--
Ohio
139
Oregon
147
Pennsylvania
136
South Carolina
131
Tennessee
136
Vermont
141
Virginia
147
West Virginia
133
National Median
143

2. Nevada has established an additional cut score for candidates with a minor. Please see www.title2.org for more information.
3. North Carolina uses a combined score of the Math Content (61) and Math Pedagogy (65) assessments for their Mathematics 9-12 license. The individual assessment cut score is not applicable to this table.

Social studies: content knowledge (81)

State Cut Score
Arkansas
155
District of Columbia
145
Georgia
151
Hawaii
154
Indiana
147
Kentucky
151
Louisiana
149
Maryland
154
Mississippi
143
Missouri
152
Nevada
152
New Hampshire
155
New Jersey
153
North Carolina4
--
Ohio
157
Oregon
158
Pennsylvania
157
South Carolina
158
Vermont
162
Virginia
161
West Virginia
148
National Median
168

4. North Carolina uses a combined score from Social Studies Content Knowledge (81) and Social Studies, Pedagogy (84) for their Social Studies 9-12 license. The individual assessment cut score is not applicable in this table.

Biology content knowledge part 1 (231)

State Cut Score
District of Columbia
152
Hawaii
161
Kentucky
156
Maryland
155
Nevada
154
Ohio
158
Pennsylvania
156
Oregon
161
Tennessee
146
Missouri
156
Vermont
161
National Median
169

Elementary education: curriculum, instruction, and assessment (11)

State Cut Score
District of Columbia
146
Hawaii
164
Indiana
143
Kentucky
163
Louisiana
156
Missouri
164
Nevada
158
Ohio
162
Pennsylvania
168
South Carolina
164
North Carolina5
--
West Virginia
155
National Median
179

5. North Carolina uses a combined score from the Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (11) and Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises (12) for their Elementary Education license. The individual assessment cut score is not applicable in this table.

Chemistry content knowledge (245)

State Cut Score
Georgia
154
Indiana
151
Maryland
153
Mississippi
151
Nevada
151
New Hampshire
153
Pennsylvania
154
Tennessee
152
Virginia
153
West Virginia
157
National Median
163

Notes: The tests shown are academic content exams in core content areas. The number in parentheses after the test name is the test code number. The cut score is the minimum score required by the state to pass the assessment. The states shown for these assessments are only those states that reported pass rates for the assessment in the 2001-2002 cohort year. Additional states have established cut scores for these assessments but do not report the cut score in Title II because there were no completers in the given year. For purposes of this appendix, the term "state" refers to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Source: Title II State Reporting System, 2003

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