The Case Against Exit Exams

Not too long ago more than half of U.S. states required that students pass an exam to graduate from high school.  That is changing, according to a story published on April 18 in The Washington Post.  Behind this change is research conducted in 2014 by the Gates-funded New America think tank.  Its report, entitled “The Case Against Exit Exams,” concludes that exit tests don’t help the students who pass and hurt the students who don’t.  They increase dropout rates and incarceration rates without improving college participation, college completion levels or economic prospects for graduates in states that have them.

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