ERIC Number: ED480739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Making Sure Exit Exams Get a Passing Grade. Policy Brief.
WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
By 2008, according to this policy brief, half the states are likely to have adopted high-school exit exams. These exams, which students must pass to graduate, are part of state accountability systems and are above and beyond the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. This brief discusses high-school exit exams. It begins with answers to three key fairness-related questions that state policymakers should address when considering exit-exam policies: (1) Who will be tested? (2) What are the stakes? and (3) What is needed to help students pass? The brief then describes the experiences of Arizona, California, Maryland, and Massachusetts with exit exams. The brief concludes with a list of policy recommendations to assure that the system guarantees the following: match of exam content and purpose; alignment of standards, curriculum, and graduation requirements; well-prepared teachers and high-quality professional-development programs; early identification and intervention; testing at appropriate grade level; test accommodations to address special needs of students; use of effective data systems; remediation strategies to help all students pass the exam; and ongoing evaluation of the exit exam and its consequences. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Tests, Educational Policy, Exit Examinations, Graduation, Graduation Requirements, High School Seniors, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Secondary Education, State Standards, Test Construction, Testing Programs
WestEd, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242 (Order no. PO-03-01). Tel: 415-565-3000; Tel: 877-493-7833 (Toll Free); Fax: 415-565-3012; e-mail: customerservice@WestEd.org; Web site: http://www.wested.org. For full text: http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/PO-03-01.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.