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State High School Exit Exams: 2008 Policy Briefs

Author(s): Dalia Zabala and Angela Minnici
Published: March 25, 2008

Policy Brief 1: A Move Toward End-of-Course Exams
Author(s): Dalia Zabala
States continue to move toward end-of-course exams. The use of end-of-course exams as a graduation requirement began with one state in 2002, four states in 2007, and an expected 12 states in 2015. This brief illustrates this shift and summarizes some of the upcoming changes.
Published: January 31, 2008 

Policy Brief 2: Patterns in Gaps in Pass Rates
Author(s): Dalia Zabala and Angela Minnici
In this brief, the Center on Education Policy highlights two patterns in state high school exit exam pass rates. States with higher percentages of white students passing exit exams also tend to report higher percentage pass rates for students of color. Furthermore, states with higher overall pass rates tend to report smaller achievement gaps between subgroups. Why do these relationships exit?
Published: February 28, 2008 

Policy Brief 3: Students with Disabilities
Author(s): Dalia Zabala
States with mandated high school exit exams consistently report low pass rates for students with disabilities. These low pass rates have led educators to implement various intervention and remediation programs. Yet these gaps persist until the end of 12th grade, even though students have had multiple opportunities to retake the exam. This brief highlights some of the most common alternative paths to graduation for students with disabilities in states that require students to achieve passing scores on exit exams to receive a high school diploma. 
Published: March 25, 2008 

Availability:  Policy Brief 1  |  Policy Brief 2  |  Policy Brief 3

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State High School Exit Exams: 2007 Policy Briefs

Author(s): Dalia Zabala
Published: January 1, 2007

Policy Brief 1: States Continue Trend Toward Higher-Level Exit Exams, More Subjects Tested
A snapshot of main features of state exit exams taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2006 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: A Challenging Year.

Policy Brief 2: Growth in High School Exit Exams Levels Off But Minority Students Affected Disproportionately
A snapshot on the number of states currently implementing or planning to implement state mandated high school exit exams, and the percentages of minority students impacted. Information taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2006 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: A Challenging Year. 

Policy Brief 3: Gaps Persist in High School Exit Exams Pass Rates
A snapshot at changes in initial pass rates for all students and each of the subgroups from 2004-05. Information taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2006 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: A Challenging Year. 

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State High School Exit Exams: 2006 Policy Briefs

Author(s): Dalia Zabala
Published: March 1, 2006

Policy Brief 1: Basic Features
A snapshot of main or basic features of state exit exams taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2005 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: States Try Harder but Gaps Persist.
Published: December 01, 2005  Availability:  PDF 

Policy Brief 2: Effects on Traditionally Underserved Students
Snapshot of data on traditionally underserved students taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2005 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: States Try Harder but Gaps Persist.
Published: January 01, 2006  

Policy Brief 3: Special Problems Affecting English Language Learners
Snapshot of results on problems with English language learners in regard to exit exams taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2005 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: States Try Harder but Gaps Persist
Published: February 01, 2006 

Policy Brief 4: Standards Differ from the No Child Left Behind Act
Snapshot of results on differences between states' and of the No Child Left Behind Act's requirements on graduation taken from the Center on Education Policy's August 2005 report, STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS: STATES TRY HARDER BUT GAPS PERSIST.
Published: March 01, 2006  

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