LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Parish high school students who fail algebra, geometry or English, but pass high stakes end-of-course tests in the subjects now have a second chance to earn course credit.

End-of-course exams measure students’ knowledge of a subject matter.

In the 2010-11 school year, the exams replaced the high-stakes Graduation Exit Exam. Students are now required to pass at least three end-of-course tests in high school to earn a diploma. The three passing scores must be in either English II or English III, Algebra I or geometry, and biology or American history.

In some cases, students who proved they learned the curriculum with a passing score on the end-of-course exam still failed the class for other reasons: absences or not fulfilling other class requirements, Superintendent Burnell Lemoine said last week.

Only 8 percent of Lafayette Parish students failed the English II end-of-course exam compared with 11 percent statewide, according to Louisiana Department of Education data.

In Algebra I, 17 percent of Lafayette Parish students failed the end-of-course exam compared with 20 percent of students statewide. A quarter of students failed the geometry end-of-course exam across the state, while 19 percent of students in Lafayette Parish failed to meet the standard.

The district is implementing the second chance with software it purchased a few years ago for its eCampus program. The program helps students catch up on missed coursework and enroll in electives not offered in the district.

The classes are Web-based and offered through an application called e2020.

Parents must consent to their student being a part of the virtual class, Lafayette High Principal Patrick Leonard said last week.

Students are able to move through the coursework at their own pace, and while certified teachers will work with students in the labs, they can also work on the Web-based courses at home, Leonard explained.

Because of the amount of work involved, Leonard said, students must also sign an agreement to be part of the program.

“The student has to be committed to getting it done,” he said.

Students who complete their course ahead of time will have the opportunity to enroll in an online elective course, Leonard said.