Special Education Report Roundup

Exit Exam

By Christina A. Samuels — April 05, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

California should delay its exit-exam requirement for students with disabilities, recommends a draft research report that state legislators requested.

“High School Exit Examination for Pupils With Disabilities: Preliminary Report,” is posted online by the California Department of Education. ()

Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, all high school students in the state must pass the California High School Exit Exam to graduate. So far, only about 30 percent of students with disabilities who take the exam pass it on the first try, compared with 74 percent of those without disabilities, according to research conducted by the San Francisco-based WestEd, a nonprofit education research agency.

California should postpone the test for special education students for at least two years to give the state time to improve its special education offerings, the report urges, and should craft alternative assessments for students with disabilities.


Budget & Finance Webinar Leverage New Funding Sources with Data-Informed Practices
Address the whole child using data-informed practices, gain valuable insights, and learn strategies that can benefit your district.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Classroom Technology Webinar
ChatGPT & Education: 8 Ways AI Improves Student Outcomes
Revolutionize student success! Don't miss our expert-led webinar demonstrating practical ways AI tools will elevate learning experiences.
Content provided by Inzata
Classroom Technology K-12 Essentials Forum Tech Is Everywhere. But Is It Making Schools Better?
Join us for a lively discussion about the ways that technology is being used to improve schools and how it is falling short.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Special Education Quiz How Does Special Education Funding Work? Test Your Knowledge
What is IDEA? How much can the federal government contribute to special education funding? Take our quiz.
1 min read
Image of a student working with a teacher.
Special Education How Teachers Can Help Students With Dyslexia: What Our Readers Say
EdWeek's social-media followers weigh in on how to support students with dyslexia, a learning disability that interferes with reading.
5 min read
Young school boy writing in a notebook while sitting in a library with an educator.
Special Education Explainer How Special Education Funding Actually Works
Special education is among the most complicated and misunderstood facets of America’s sprawling K-12 school landscape.
6 min read
Illustration of a desk with a calculator and budget sheet.
Special Education Spotlight Spotlight on Special Education Compliance
This Spotlight will help you examine implementation of universal screening for dyslexia and more.