Tuesday, November 19, 2002


The LA Daily News reports on how California's high school exit exam is working out:

So far, the California high school exit exam seems to be a measurement not of students' learning but the educational bureaucracy's competence.

And the bureaucracy is flunking.

In the Los Angeles Unified School District and elsewhere, due to the year-round academic calendar and other factors, the exam must be administered every eight weeks. The only problem is, it takes 10 weeks to score the results.

Consequently, students who have already passed the test and thus shouldn't have to take it again are left taking it again. Schools then have to find the space to administer the test to students who ought to be studying new material, and finding personnel to monitor the testing sites.

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