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ERIC Number: ED525311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
The Effects of the California High School Exit Exam Requirement on Student Achievement, Persistence, and Graduation
Reardon, Sean F.; Atteberry, Allison; Arshan, Nicole; Kurlaender, Michal
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
In this paper, the authors estimate the effect of a high school exit exam requirement (relative to no requirement) on students' academic achievement, persistence in high school, and graduation rates. They are particularly interested in the effects of the policy on the students who have low initial skill levels in high school. The study is based on data from four large California districts--Fresno, Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco Unified School Districts--to investigate the effects of failing the California High School Exit Exam. These are four of the eight largest school districts in California, collectively enrolling over 110,000 new high school students (about 5.5 percent of high school students in the state) annually. They use three years of longitudinal data from students who were in 10th grade in the Spring of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (i.e., they use data from 2003-2008).
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: California