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Document Number: 5174

Pushed Out or Pulled Up? Exit Exams and Dropout Rates in Public High Schools - This study uses two accepted graduation rate calculations to evaluate what effect high school exit exams have on graduation rates. The authors found that, for both graduation rate calculations, adopting a high school exit exam has no effect on a state's graduation rate. The analyses also show that neither reducing class sizes nor increasing education spending leads to higher graduation rates. (Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters, Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute, May 2004)...

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