Published Online: January 11, 2011
Published in Print: January 12, 2011, as High School Testing

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High School Testing

"State High School Tests: Exit Exams and Other Assessments"

High school is becoming a focus of increased testing, as more states tie diplomas to some type of assessment and require other exams that are not linked to graduation, according to a study.

In its ninth annual examinationRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader of high school exit-exam trends, released Dec. 21, the Center on Education Policy notes the continuation of key assessment trends in high school and the addition of new trends that suggest a net increase in testing for high school students.

The Washington-based research and policy group found that 28 states now require high school exit exams, up from 26 in 2009.

More states require students to take end-of-course exams, though not all factor them into graduation decisions, the CEP found, and more require a college-entrance exam or a workplace-readiness test.

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