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Error: Issue section abstract not found. States Conducting Student Competency Testing for High School Graduation (Exit Exams) MS Word PDF - Nearly all states have set standards that describe what students should know and be able to do. This ECS StateNote updates 2000 information on the various competency tests required in the states for high school graduation. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, December 2002)...

High-Stakes Assessment: State Modifications MS Word - This compilation provides information on changes states have made regarding their high-stakes policies. For example, several states have delayed the full implementation of their exit exam. (Education Commission of the States, July 2001)...

Competency Testing for High School Graduation -- Notes on the Texas Lawsuit : GI Forum v. Texas Education Agency MS Word - On January 7, 2000, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Prado of San Antonio ruled on a case that many states have been watching closely. The issue before the court was whether the passage of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) examination as a requirement for a high school diploma unfairly discriminates against Texas minority students or violates their due process rights. The court held that the Texas Education Agency did create a fair education policy when it created the "high-stakes" TAAS test. Thus, the passage requirement of TAAS does not unfairly discriminate against Texas minority students. (Katy Anthes, Education Commission of the States, May 2000)...

Tennessee’s Graduation Exams: Past, Present, and Future - Since 1983, Tennessee has required high school students to pass an exam before graduating high school with a regular diploma. This requirement has gone through several changes since its inception, and beginning in 2005 a new test – the Gateway exam – will be administered as an end-of-course exam in three high school courses—Algebra I, English II and Biology I. This report discusses the importance of improving Tennessee’s graduation rate and the history of graduation exams in the state. The report also lists possible legislative alternatives to monitor and improve the effectiveness of the new tests and administrative alternatives. In addition, the author examines the pros and cons of five alternatives to exams. (John G. Morgan, Office of Education Accountability, State of Tennessee, November 2004)...

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