Raising the Bar and Reducing Failure on State-Mandated Exit Exams
by Stuart S. Yeh - January 28, 2008
A majority of students will soon be subject to exit exams that require knowledge of high school subjects such as algebra and geometry, despite evidence from employers that these topics are frequently unrelated to occupational requirements. A variety of evidence suggests that an alternative approach, involving exit exams that reward each level of student achievement with a corresponding diploma option, is more likely to promote high educational standards and improve student achievement without excessive failure rates.
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