High School Exit Analysis

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The Disadvantages of High School Exit Exams Shaqoui Krigger Ms. O’Connor- Francis English 11 28/ March /2016 Outline The Disadvantages of High School Exit Exams Thesis Statement: Implementing high school exit exams is detrimental because it decreases the graduation rate, reduces students’ chances of getting into college and places special needs students at a disadvantage. Introduction: I. Decreases the graduation rate A. Results in students dropping out B. Causes poor attendance II. Reduces students’ chances of getting into college A. Unable to graduate B. Unable to matriculate for college III. Places special needs students at a disadvantage A. Insufficient time to complete test B. Unfavorable testing environment…show more content…
We go through a year of tests and quizzes so why do we still have to take an exam? Your answer is as good as mine, but for a second imagine this. You’re a straight A and B student, however tests aren’t your strong point. You study and you know the stuff, but for some reason when the test lands in front of you. Your mind goes totally blank, does the exit exam hinder or help you? It hinders you. This leads to the discussion that many students are huffing and puffing about “High School Exit Exams”. As seen in my scenario above many people struggle with high school exit exams not only because they don’t know the material but also because of nervousness. Many of the high schoolers feel that it is unfair to let one test determine if you are going to graduate or not. Especially knowing that you did a good job throughout the school year but if you failed that exam none of it would matter. Implementing high school exit exams is detrimental because it decreases the graduation rate, reduces students’ chances of getting into college and places special needs students at a…show more content…
(3-5) Other critics argue that exit exams might cause students who are already struggling academically to drop out of high school or get a general equivalency (GED) diploma instead. "There's no evidence that these exams encourage students to stay in school," Keith Gayler, of the Center on Education Policy, told The Boston Globe, some educators are also concerned that the exam will disproportionately hurt students for whom English is a second language and those who come from schools with already low graduation rates. Twenty-six states either currently have a high school exit exam or plan to put one in place. Given the number of high school students in these states, it means that exit exams affect more than two-thirds of the nation’s public high school students. These exams vary from state to state in terms of content and opportunities for students who do not pass to retake the test and/or demonstrate competency. (Williams p.

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