Exit Exams: A Gauge of Potential

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“Following years of complaints from both employers and academic institutions of higher learning that many high school graduates lacked basic educational skills in reading, writing, and math, both legislators and educators agreed to work toward raising educational standards nationwide” (“Competency Testing” 1). In recent years, several states have pushed for statewide tests that are required prerequisites of high school students in order to graduate. These tests, better known as exit exams, have been under great scrutiny ever since they first came into existence. It needs to remain necessary for students to pass a high school exit exam before they are pushed out into the real world. High school exit exams are necessary, because they ensure that graduating seniors have the proper basis of knowledge to achieve higher aspirations, either in college or the workplace. First of all, in order to get into college students will take a huge standardized test which measures a student’s general knowledge, so the same should be done in order to graduate high school. Many students and parents may argue that a test on how well a student can retain knowledge is not a proper indicator of their future success. However, that is exactly what they will be tested on while trying to get into college. In order to get into a university, it is necessary to take, and do well on either the SAT or ACT. Similar to the SAT and the ACT, exit exams must be of the appropriate rigor and difficulty. There are

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