Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Fewer States Requiring Students to Pass State High School Exit Exams, Study Finds

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Fewer States Requiring Students to Pass State High School Exit Exams, Study Finds

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

For the first time in six years, the number of states requiring students to pass high school exit exams to earn a diploma has gone down, according to the 10th annual report on high school exams and other assessments by the Center on Education Policy (CEP). But more than half the states are preparing for new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards and more than one-fourth are offering collegeand career-readiness assessments, the report finds.

Twenty-five states have or plan to implement policies that require students to pass an exit exam to receive a high school diploma - three fewer states than in 2010, according to the CEP report. An additional six states have or plan to put in place high school exit exams but do not require students to meet a minimum passing standard on those exams to graduate.

During the past 19 months, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee have changed their policies so that students no longer have to pass an exam to receive a diploma. …

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