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  • It's only fair if the teen failed other classes

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Thread: High school exit exams

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    High school exit exams

    Over the past several years some states have implemented passing exit exams be required for graduation. 26 states have made this a requirement.If a child passes all of their classes, even if they're an A B student, they can't walk or graduate b/c they didn't pass an exit exam. Some of the tests include questions the teachers haven't even covered. Granted you have 4 yrs to pass it, BUT not everyone does well on tests. Do you think this is fair? Do you think it's fair that a child goes to school, passes all his classes, graduates to the next grade each year, yet he/she can't walk all b/c they fail a test?

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    Re: High school exit exams

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    Over the past several years some states have implemented passing exit exams be required for graduation. 26 states have made this a requirement.If a child passes all of their classes, even if they're an A B student, they can't walk or graduate b/c they didn't pass an exit exam. Some of the tests include questions the teachers haven't even covered. Granted you have 4 yrs to pass it, BUT not everyone does well on tests. Do you think this is fair? Do you think it's fair that a child goes to school, passes all his classes, graduates to the next grade each year, yet he/she can't walk all b/c they fail a test?
    I suspect it's designed to combat teachers giving students a passing grade for something they didn't actually pass (not sure how much that actually happens), and probably to combat students who cheated on class tests.

    Or something.

    That said, Ithink many/most tests only really measure memorization skills, not actual skill/knowledge of the subject.

    Of course with memorized information, skill and knowledge can be learned through application of same, I suppose.
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    Re: High school exit exams

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    (not sure how much that actually happens)
    It happens a hell of a lot more than most people realize or would admit. Most school districts can not hold a kid back, even if they get across the board F's, if the parents do not initiate it. Considering the lack of parenting and parental involvement, that leads to LOADS of kids that should never graduate…
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    Re: High school exit exams

    As long as the test makers stick to the basics of reading, writing, math, science, history and don't go off into some esoteric subject that students may not have taken, I think they're a good idea.
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    Re: High school exit exams

    My son graduates next week, one of his friends isn't b/c he failed the test and is devastated. I feel bad for him, he's a good kid. I know if they had this requirement when I was in HS I wouldn't have graduated b/c I would have failed the math portion. You have to pass all three, math, science ,and English. I was terrible at math and only made it to pre algebra. If it wasn't division, multiplication, adding and subtracting, it was Greek to me. I just think it's stupid, especially in states where the school systems are the lowest ranking!

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    Re: High school exit exams

    I graduated 5 years ago(holy **** it's been 5 years already! ) and took these tests. They are SO FREAKING EASY! On every test but the math I finished them all in like 15 minutes, the math took me 30 minutes, and I scored in the top 5 percentile in every subject. So yeah, they aren't that hard.
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    Re: High school exit exams

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    I graduated 5 years ago(holy **** it's been 5 years already! ) and took these tests. They are SO FREAKING EASY! On every test but the math I finished them all in like 15 minutes, the math took me 30 minutes, and I scored in the top 5 percentile in every subject. So yeah, they aren't that hard.
    Damn.

    And all this time I thought you were older than I am, for some reason....

    Seeing as I "graduated" over 10 years ago.
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    Re: High school exit exams

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Damn.

    And all this time I thought you were older than I am, for some reason....

    Seeing as I "graduated" over 10 years ago.
    Really?

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    Re: High school exit exams

    In my state the exams were adopted to hold schools accountable. Some schools were graduating students who were illiterate or couldn't do simple arithmetic. Obviously there's something wrong with that picture. Diplomas should not be just given away. And the exams are not that difficult as they only require a student to demonstrate a 10th grade proficiency level.

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    Re: High school exit exams

    if we want the HS diploma to be given out for having attended school, then no metrics need be met (other than acceptable attendance)
    but if that diploma is intended to identify for colleges and employers students able to learn, then yes, the kids need to pass the very low bar which is established to be identified as a HS graduate
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