South Carolina recently authorized middle schools to give the high-school-level end-of-course tests to middle schoolers who enroll in, say, Algebra I. Doing so should help reinforce the importance of students' academic efforts, as end-of-course results count toward graduation.
The new policy asks schools to seek ways to personalize the high school experience, including the extension of middle school concepts and practices to the high school. Teachers working in teams, for example, will have the opportunity to get to know students better and meet their needs more appropriately. When the student is in the 8th grade, the student, parent/guardian(s), and faculty advisor or guidance counselor will jointly prepare an initial four-year plan of high school study. It asks high school and middle grades faculty to collaborate in planning curriculum and the transition between middle grades and high school.
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"High School Exit Examinations and State-Level Completion and GED rates, 1975 Through 2002," by John Robert Warren, Rachael B. Kulick and Krista N. Jenkins, reports that exit exams are associated with lower high school completion rates and higher rates of General Educational Development (GED) test taking.
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A third study focused on Virginia graduation rates by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center lends weight to other reports' negative conclusions. This study found that for the class of 2003, the last class not required to pass six Standards of Learning tests to obtain a standard diploma, 75 percent of Virginia public high school students graduated in four years. The rate for African Americans was just 64.1 percent, with only 57.6 percent of black males graduating on time. The Virginia Department of Education found that for the class of 2004, the graduation rate for black students fell to 61.3 percent, while the rate for Hispanics dropped by 11 percentage points, to 66.5 percent.
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News reports show others states grappling with the effects of exit exams on high school completion. California alone has now denied diplomas to 20,000 students who would have graduated except for the test, some five percent of all 12th graders across the state. Arizona, however, has reduced the rate of those not graduating solely due to the test by allowing good student grades to compensate for lower test scores. In California, however, Governor Arnold Schwarznegger vetoed legislation that would have provided alternatives to students who did not pass the exit exam (see Examiner, ).
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Lawmakers and education officials are discussing replacements for the test better aligned with new Common Core standards for math and English, including the possibility that it could be . Another proposal from Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, to suspend the exam requirement through the 2017-18 school year, , is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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The bill by Sen. Carol Liu, D-La Cañada Flintridge, does not offer a substitute for the exit exam. Her measure puts the exam on hold for three years starting in the 2016-17 school year. During that time, students wouldn’t have to take the test to graduate.