Education Report Roundup

English-Language Learners Lag Behind on Exit Exams

By Mary Ann Zehr — August 17, 2005 1 min read

“States Try Harder, But Gaps Persist: High School Exit Exams 2005" is posted by the Center on Education Policy.

English-language learners are lagging significantly behind other students in passing high school exit exams, concludes a study by the Washington-based Center on Education Policy.

In the 19 states that have such exit exams, the percentage of English-language learners who pass the mathematics exit exam on the first try is 30 to 40 percentage points lower than the overall initial pass rates, which range from 70 to 90 percent. On reading exams, the gap was even larger in some states.