Wondering how Maryland high school students will do when they have to take those pesky high school exit exams in a few years? Utah might be able to serve as a test case.
Check out here what's going on in the Salt Lake state, where 26 percent of the students fail those exams, but are still able to graduate (essentially, with an asterisk on their diplomas). State lawmakers are looking into who is failing the test and why before convening for the 2008 session. The test includes reading, math and writing segments, and students have five chances to pass.
I don't really understand the point of exit exams, especially if they don't determine whether a student graduates. Doesn't that make it a rather meaningless test? And what difference does it make if it's noted on the diploma that the student failed the exam? He/she is still considered a high school graduate, right?