The Mississippi Student Achievement Improvement Act, approved by the Mississippi Senate in 1999, states that standards for high school graduation shall include student "mastery of minimum academic skills as measured by assessments developed and administered by the State Board of Education". To meet the intent of this legislation, four subjects area tests were developed: Algebra I, Biology I, U.S. History, and English II with a writing component. Students earning a high school diploma must pass all four subject area tests to meet graduation requirements. All the online testing resources for the SATP2 can be found in the links to the right of this page, including guides for parents and teachers, information on best practices, review templates and practice tests. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the writing component of the English II assessment was eliminated and no longer required for students enrolling in English II for the first time during the 2012-2013 year. However, students who were enrolled in English II during and prior to the 2011-2012 year and have not passed the writing component must do so in order to meet graduation requirements.