Stan Karp: It Is Time to End High School Exit Exams

I agree. It is time to move towards something more practical like:
1. Do they know how to complete a job application?
2. Do they know how to write a resume? How to dress for a job interview!
3. Do they know how to clean house? Wash dishes? Do Laundry?
4. Do they know how to drive? Change a tire? How to get the oil changed? Basic car maintenance.
5. Etc…the list is endless.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Stan Karp writes here that high school exit exams are useless and discriminatory. They should be abolished.

I’m inclined to agree. If a student has accumulated the credits she needs andpassedall the required courses, what is the point of an exit exam? If the exam is a standardized test, normedon a bell curve, the design of the tests condemns many students to fail, no matter what their high school record is. The failures will consist mainly of students with special needs, English language learners, and students who live in poverty.

Why not base graduation on performance in high school,rather than a standardized test that may have no relation to the curriculum?

Karp writes:

“In the last few years, 10 states have repealed or delayed high school exit exams. California, Georgia, South Carolina, and Arizona even decided to issue diplomas retroactively to thousands of students denied them due to scores…

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1 Response to Stan Karp: It Is Time to End High School Exit Exams

  1. teachingeconomist says:

    Interesting argument that Dr. Ravitch is making here. She is against requiring students to have a knowledge of algebra because she “studied geometry and algebra in high school and junior high school. I have never used either at any time in my life. Why should they be required for graduation?” and if asked to solve a simple algebraic equation equation, she has “Figuring out how long it takes to drive somewhere is done by Waze”.

    If you actually take this to be a serious argument, literacy will be the next to fall as we will all be able to get our cellphones to read for us. True, some might actually read for themselves just as some do mathematics for themselves, but why require students to be able to read text when a machine can do it for them?

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