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Minnesota looks to dump graduation test requirement



Some Minnesota leaders are recommending that the state get rid of high school graduation exit exams -- even before their 2015 phase in date, the AP reports.

Supporters of exit exams like the idea of knowing that graduates have a proven set of skills. But opponents note that some students may be proficient even if they do not test well.

"What we were wrestling with was that the pendulum had swung too far from the judgment of that teacher, and too far toward a single assessment," said Democratic Rep. Carlos Mariani, incoming chairman of the House Education Policy Committee. "We're trying to find a more intelligent way to do it."

Florida is moving away from the FCAT as a graduation requirement, but is implementing several mandated end-of-course exam passage for students to earn diplomas. A handful of other states also are considering getting rid of high school exit exams, with some looking to ACT or SAT results as a possible replacement. Are end-of-course exams better than single test requirements? Should students have options other than written tests? Should passing grades suffice? What do you think?

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:39pm]


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