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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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trooper November 2, 2008


My child passed all the exams - two years before graduating. College boards - 4year college - early admission - merit scholarships -. My child is LD.

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mahgalting November 2, 2008


I do believe an assessment examination should be given to all students eligible for graduation, but I am not sure it should stop a child from graduation. With the amount of stress placed on teaching to teach "passing the CRCT" or "GHSGT" the essence of students enjoying the learning experience seems to be null. Noted, students must be able to meet minimum requirements for knowledge, but if they are not passing the exiting exam, are we to point blame at the teacher? The school? I'm not sure what the answer is right now, but I will continue to be involved to ensure success for the children I serve.

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alfonso November 2, 2008


I feel if the child is passing all classes he should be able to graduate. Some kids are so stressed out that one more test can really discourage them from going to college.

Life is already so hard to understand.

We must always support them , because they might be are next president..

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ByramKthru4th November 3, 2008


Oh my! Then promise me your child will never try to run for the presidency. They must have the State Tests to exit high school to either get a job or to go to college. That's it. They can't pass High School and 2 months later fail the state test! Something is very wrong. If you fail the state test for reading and math you have to pay for the course and they get no credits! Somebody did not do their job to get the kids ready for the state tests right! Teacher and Student - Principal - Superintendent- IN NJ DID GOVERNOR Corzine and staff chance the standards and tests this year? Maybe thats why they spent $60K on my kid and she could not pass the state tests. High School says the 5-8th only prepare the kids for GEPA so apparently that is not up to the state level either because as the kids enter High School the majority don't have the skills for AP classes. And the best goes on.

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ByramKthru4th November 3, 2008


Oh I just learned this weekend the the BOE is responsible for not having the school up to par - they are the elected officials by us parents and report to the Supt at the municipal level and the Regional Supt for the state level to get funding.

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trooper November 3, 2008


What we are experiencing is a system failure. Since each agency reports to a higher one - somewhere along the line there was and is a breakdown.
It is important not to get caught up in finger pointing but to spend energy on the bigger problem.
A student who is unable to pass these exams is not adequatly prepared. I do no think any parent wants their child to be unprepared. The question is, how do we get these students on board so they know this information?

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trooper November 3, 2008


Advanced placement courses are not for every student. That is why students specifically have to test into these courses. AP courses allow students to waive the entry level college course in that area. These courses are rigorous and are designed to challenge students who are exceeding expectations. In many states, a passing grade in the AP courses is a waiver for the exit exam. The concern for now is the students who have not mastered the basic curriculum.

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ByramKthru4th November 3, 2008


The breakdown is this. Politics. I am not finger pointing. And I did not talk about AP classes. BOE - Principal - decide what's going on. Principal has to implement what is handed to him. He does not have to go to BOE meeting. He has no voice? Is this true? Do you know? I'm assuming since I have not seen a Principal at the BOE meeting in Grade school or High School.

Also - the BOE is responsible for doling out the $$$$ and the decision what the $$$ are spent on.

I intereviewed a teacher over the weekend - a 1st grade teacher - who tried to share good ideas with the Princiapl - and the Principal for months did nothing - so she shared with a frined in the BOE who brought up the idea and the BOE liked it - Know what the teacher was written up by her boss! the principal for going above the principals head.

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ikaikawahine November 3, 2008


Absolutely no! Why? Who are we to put that on these kids when they got this far to graduate after all of these years. What if they fail? What will happen then?

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trooper November 3, 2008


I am sorry. AP in my system refers to advanced placement. What were you referring to?
I am assuming when you refer to BOE - you are referring to the Board of Education?? (correct me if I am wrong).
A principal is responsible for a school's performance and therefore oversees curriculum delivery.Principals do not routinely attended Board meetings. Principals do report to Superintendants . They report to to local baord's and State officials. A jurisdication teaches a citywide or countywide curriculum. The curriculum has to be aligned with core learning goals to volunatry state curriculum. Perhaps the principal had other information as to why those suggestions should not be implemented. It hard to evaluate a situation when you don't have all the information.



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