Nov 5, 2009 8:09 AM by sleonard
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state is about to replace its high school exit exam.
Under existing rules, high school students have to pass the Graduation Exit Exam and meet other course requirements to earn a high school diploma.
But that system, which won praise for narrowing the achievement gap, is about to be scrapped in favor of end-of-course tests.
Those exams are designed to make sure students master basic skills in key subjects.
About one in three ninth-graders failed the Algebra I end-of-course test in a trial run in May and December. One in four 10th-graders missed the mark on English 2.
However, state educators say they are confident the results will improve when students have to pass those and other tests to get a high school diploma.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com
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