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Exit Exams

By Sean Cavanagh — December 13, 2011 1 min read

While 31 states use or are planning to implement some form of high school exit exam, a study finds some states are also dropping the practice.

The report by the Washington-based Center on Education Policy says that three states—Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee—have changed their policies so that students will no longer be required to take those tests. It’s the first time in six years that the number of required exit exams has fallen.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is driving some change in exit-exam policy: Sixteen states told the CEP they plan to replace their exit exams with common-core tests in English/language arts and mathematics. They told the researchers that they expect the new exams to be more rigorous than their current ones.

A version of this article appeared in the December 15, 2011 edition of Education Week as Exit Exams

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