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Do you think students should have to pass a high school exit exam in order to graduate?


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lisaedit October 6, 2008


Twenty-six states have a high school exit exam or have plans to put one in place. Do you think these tests are a good thing? What about for special needs students? Should they be required to pass in order to get a diploma?

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teachnmom October 30, 2008


Like it or not, these tests are a fact of life. My take as a teacher of SPED kids: the schools should be tested and held accountable for all students. But the standards should be appropriate and the test appropriate for each child tested. Here's my beef: in our h.s. in California, we were told that the district would put the test score on the student's transcript. I was AGAHST--not my kid who struggled with the test because of a LD--but I did understand their thought that they wanted the kids to take the test seriously. I just could not let that hurt my child's chance of going on to a 4 year college.

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alfonso56 October 30, 2008


i think there should be a exit exam, because right now
we have high school graduates, who have diploma's,
but no skills with it, such as the school knowledge of a
real high school graduate, many of these gradutes have
gpa's of less than 2.0 and even less than 1.0, many can't even count w/o a calculator,were graduating none
true graduates.

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odachimaster October 30, 2008


NO. They already have enough pressure. Especially if they want to go to College. The schools should be teaching the SAT or ACT tests to death those test are what Colleges go after. The higher the score the more chance of getting in a better college let alone a strong possibility for money. Kids that do not want to go to College then have them learn the basic Math,Reading,Writing and Family Living teaching the basics to buying a Home. I read in one of these Post that kids can not count I think it is true with even the smartist kids. When you go to the store have you ever had anyone count back your change? No they do not know how. They just hand you whatever that amount is here you go...

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odachimaster October 30, 2008


Not an Exit Exam but An Exit what did you think of the Education you received at this High School. Have them sealed and not seen by the administrator but sent directly to the State Board Education of Education and that is what the administration gets paid off not how many kids they have. (Some details have to be worked out) Accountabilityy...........

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trooper October 31, 2008


As a parent I want my child to possess a fundamental knowledge of required content area. The purpose of a diploma is to indicate that the student has mastered the goals. Too many students are exiting school with insufficient knowledge and skills to be succcesful in college and or work. I think for college bound kids - there should be a diploma with testing requirements. I think students who are not pursing college should receive training n skills to prepare them for a job or trade - and I think they should receive a diploma - with requirements for achievement in those areas. The way it is today - no one really knows what a high school diploma means.

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wmcochrane1 October 31, 2008


Absolutely positively YES~! How do you like paying for remedial classes in college? Because the child was not required to learn the state requirements K-12th with K-12th Absolutely Positively in NJ not doing their jobs! The Exit Exams should be the state tests taken to get into a job upon graduation or college. Absolutely YES!

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trooper October 31, 2008


This is why states require for all students that they be taught grade level curriculum. We are not doing anyone a favor by sending them out on the streets with a meaningless piece of paper.
Another scary thought is the Certificate of Completion students receive when the are exited from High School and have not met the minimum requirements for a diploma!

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trooper October 31, 2008


Your child is entitled to a FREE and Appropriate Education. If the public system is having you pay for this you need to file a complaint with your State School Board!

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1seremen October 31, 2008


Yes, the exit exam will encourage many students to learn and be serious about their years in middle and high school.

Special education students need it too, but some of them must be tested based on their ability.

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ByramKthru4th October 31, 2008


No your comment is not meaningful.



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