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ERIC Number: ED541520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Policy on Exit Exams for Students with Exceptionalities
Council for Exceptional Children (NJ3)
To ensure that exit exams are appropriately carried out regarding students with exceptionalities, it is the position of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) that: (1) No single test score should be used to make critical educational decisions for students with exceptionalities; (2) All students with exceptionalities must be given the opportunity to learn the material that is covered on exit exams; (3) Advance notice should be given to all students with exceptionalities and their parents on the consequences of exit exams; and (4) On-going research should be conducted on the impact of exit exams for students with exceptionalities that address issues, such as, grade-level retention/promotion and referral rates for special education, and any limits on future employment and educational experiences resulting from alternative high school diplomas. CEC supports many of the intended consequences of requiring students with exceptionalities to pass exit exams, in order to receive a standard high school diploma. These would include: increased participation in the general education curriculum; higher academic expectations and opportunities; reduced perceived differences between students with and without exceptionalities, resulting in improvements in instructional strategies for all students; increased motivations for students and teachers; and overall increased educational accountability.
Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children