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Document Number: 5222

Do Graduation Tests Measure Up? A Closer Look at State High School Exit Exams - After a detailed analysis of the mathematics and English language arts exams in Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas, Achieve reached three conclusions. First, it is perfectly reasonable to expect high school graduates to pass these tests they are not overly demanding. Second, these exams should be strengthened over time to better measure the knowledge and skills high school graduates need to succeed in the real world. Third, states should not rely exclusively on these tests to measure everything that matters in a young person's education. Over time, states will need to develop a more comprehensive set of measures beyond on-demand graduation tests. (Achieve, Inc., 2004)...

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