Making Sure Exit Exams Get a Passing Grade
Exit exams, which students must pass to graduate, are part of a growing number of state accountability systems.
The main intent is to boost the value and credibility of a high school diploma and, in the process, motivate students to work harder. Yet exit exams are implemented without adequate commitment to ensuring student success or sufficient attention to the costs of student failure.
This brief examines three key fairness-related questions that state policymakers should address when considering exit exam policies. It also describes states’ experiences with exit exams, and it offers policy recommendations.
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