Behind the Headline: California Exit Exam’s Demise Revives Dreams for Thousands

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California Exit Exam’s Demise Revives Dreams for Thousands
San Jose Mercury-News | 10/9/15

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Education Next | Winter 2016

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law that suspends the state’s high school exit exam for three years. Also, those students who were denied diplomas over the past 10 years because they were not able to pass the test will now be able to get their diplomas.

The exit exam tested proficiency in eighth-grade math and 10th-grade English, reports Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury-News.  Critics argued that the test was “unfairly difficult for English learners and out of step with the state’s classroom curriculum.”

In the new issue of Education Next, Lauren Seymour tells the story of one student who failed California’s high school exit exam three times before eventually passing it the summer after the rest of her high school class graduated without her.

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H/T: Joanne Jacobs

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