The Case Against Exit Exams
In 2014 states will launch more rigorous, college- and career-ready assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. As they do so, “they should revisit the stakes on these tests for students and consider eliminating, or modifying, their exit exam policies,” writes Anne Hyslop, author of this New America Education Policy Brief. This policy brief examines how high school exit exams place two goals in conflict: motivating students to become college- and career-ready and giving them opportunities to access the world of college and career. Hyslop discusses how states have options beyond using exit exams to pursue the dual goals of higher standards and higher educational attainment without pitting them against one another.