Monday, August 24, 2015

High school leaving exams: What does the research say?

Sent to the Sacramento Bee, August 24
I wonder if lawmakers discussing the future of the high school exit exam are aware of research on these exams. A review done by researchers at the University of Texas in 2010 concluded that high school exit exams do not lead to more college attendance, do not result in increased student learning and do not result in higher employment.
In fact, researchers have yet to discover any benefits of having a high school exit exam.
Stephen Krashen
Re:"Jerry Brown to sign bill to suspend California high school exit exam for 2015," August, 24.
Source: Holme, J., Richards, M., Jimerson, J., and Cohen, R. 2010. Assessing the effects of high school exit examinations. Review of Educational Research 80 (4): 476-526.
Hat-tip: Dee Dee Kay

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