California’s exit exam was reinstated as a graduation requirement by the state Supreme Court, which ordered a state appeals court to hold hearings on the case. Several news stories say it’s not clear what the impact will be on the students — about 10 percent of seniors — who haven’t passed. It seems clear to me: They don’t get diplomas, though they may get a “certificate of completion” at the district’s discretion.
Like TMAO of Teaching in the 408, who’s torn about the test, I suspect most of the students who’ve repeatedly flunked this basic skills test don’t have the credits to graduate. I’d love to see a story explaining how students passed algebra, a state-mandated course in California, but can’t pass a multiple-choice math exam that covers elementary and middle-school skills and requires only a 60 percent.