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Dec 26, 2010 12:01 PM by Chris Welty

Report: Graduation Exit Exam Worth Dubious

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A national report says there are
questions about the value of the high-school exit exam Louisiana
has used for the past decade.
The Advocate reports that the Center on Education Policy says
it's hard to prove the value of the Graduation Exit Exam, which is
used in 26 states.
In Louisiana, students have to pass the exam and meet other
requirements to get a diploma, but the test is being phased out in
favor of end-of-course tests. Starting with this year's
ninth-graders, students will have to earn passing marks on at least
three end-of-course tests out of six subjects.
The report says one study that looked at data in 18 states from
1991-2001 concluded that the exit exam had no impact on graduation
rates.
And it says a 2009 review of results in California found that
requiring the exam hurt low-performing students.

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