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Exit Exams: What impact do they have on student outcomes? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....

Seven Lessons Learned from Minimum Competency Testing MS Word - Classic minimum competency testing (MCT) burst onto the state education scene with great excitement in the mid-1970s. An education reform mandated by noneducators, it was based on the notion that a minimum level of achievement should be established for the basic skills, and that all students should be expected to attain this level of competency to move through school and graduate. (Chris Pipho, Education Commission of the States, 2002)...

The Case Against Exit Exams - This report asserts that exit exams could threaten the Common Core, proposing that if states use Core assessments instead of exit exams, millions of students will not graduate given that only 39 percent are ready for college level math and 38 percent are prepared in reading, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. One alternative would be to lower the bar, so that more students graduate but without being college- or career-ready. Authors suggest that the solution is to drop exit exams and use assessments toward final course grades. (Anne Hyslop, New America Education Policy Program, July 2014)...

State High School Exit Exams: A Policy in Transition - This report finds that states are embracing higher standards on their exit exams, which means schools and students will feel the impact. The report, based on data collected from state education department personnel in 45 states, discusses the present status of state exit exam policies, the future of these policies as states implement the Common Core State Standards and common assessments, and lessons that can be learned from states’ past experiences with implementing new exit exam policies. (Center on Education Policy, September 2012)...

Conflicts Between State Policy and School Practice: Learning from Arizona's Experience with High School Exam Policies - This report looks at how local educators perceive and act on state policies designed to help at-risk students and English language learners achieve the levels of proficiency needed to pass state high school exit examinations. (Center on Education Policy, April 2009)...

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