ERIC Number: ED402329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
State High School Graduation Testing: Status and Recommendations.
Bond, Linda A.; King, Diane
This paper explores some of the obstacles to implementation of tests required for graduation by describing state programs in existence as of October 1994 in which students were required to pass a test in order to receive a high school diploma. A survey of state testing directors used to construct the State Student Assessment Program Database was supplemented by telephone surveys and interviews with state and local education officials in the states reporting use of high school graduation tests. The push for including more complex skills and setting higher standards on graduation tests is perhaps the fundamental dilemma states face in developing or modifying their programs. However, as of October 1994, 18 states operated some form of high school graduation test. These states tend to be located along the southern and eastern coasts. Most state testing programs assess students in grades 10 or 11 with a criterion-referenced test and a writing sample on the subjects of reading and mathematics. Every state relies on multiple-choice tests, primarily due to the high-stakes nature of these tests and the related technical quality issues. There is no single model followed by all states, but all have faced similar legal and educational challenges in the implementation of their programs. Recommendations are made for the design or implementation of state testing programs. An appendix lists state graduation testing programs. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Databases, Exit Examinations, Graduation Requirements, High School Students, High Schools, High Stakes Tests, Legal Problems, Multiple Choice Tests, Program Development, Program Implementation, State Programs, State Standards, Surveys, Test Use, Testing Programs, Writing Tests
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60521-1480.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.