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.
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?
“In the last few years, 10 states have repealed or delayed high school exit exams.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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