ERIC Number: EJ774119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 20
Exit Strategies: Cultural Implications for Graduation Tests
King, Nicelma J.
Principal Leadership, v8 n1 p42-47 Sep 2007
Racial and language minority students who must repeat high school exit exams are at increased risk of dropping out of school. Each time students fail an exit exam, they become less confident that they will ever pass and more unsure about their ability to graduate and their postsecondary plans. The relationship between students' culture and their performance must be understood to improve graduation rates and postsecondary outcomes. As concerned educational leaders of school communities that want to contribute to a more culturally competent educational system, high school principals have three important roles in improving the situation for those students most at risk of failing to graduate. These roles include goalsetter, instructional leader, and culturally competent leader.
Descriptors: Minority Groups, Principals, Language Minorities, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Exit Examinations, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, English (Second Language), Surveys, Student Reaction, Stereotypes, Educational Objectives
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site: http://www.principals.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001