ERIC Number: ED328566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
The Threat of a State Graduation Examination for Non-Public Schools in Louisiana.
Gary, Lee P., Jr.
The proposal by the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education that non-public schools use a new public high school examination for graduation is described as an unwarranted regulation that threatens the pursuit of excellence and scholarship in private education. The proposed state exit examination is considered to be intrusive and inconsistent with statutory and constitutional law. It would demand the standardization of the curricula in non-public schools with the state curricula for public schools. The proposal is tied to the approval of a non-public school by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. It would require more regulation, sacrificing diversity and traditional values. The results on the American College Test (ACT) of graduating classes from 52 Louisiana Catholic high schools, revealing that 71% of the schools' graduating classes for 1988 scored above the state average of 17.1 for the ACT composite score, indicate that use of a state exit examination is not warranted. Exhibit 1 is a comparison of ACT scores for the 52 graduating classes from Louisiana Catholic high schools in 1988. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American College Testing Program; Louisiana
Note: Paper presented to the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education at a Public Meeting (Baton Rouge, LA, April 27, 1989).