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in my opinion I think that exit level testing is the most dumbest idea in the whole wide world, reasoning being is that not all students get the same education requirements in most schools, for example I switched high school my senior year and I had to pretty much start my whole entire high career over again because enough though it is a public school teachers actually taught me something. So basically some students are taking an exit level test with no knowledge of anything that might be on the test. so see yeah you can blame it on the teachers and you can blame it on the school district, and the list keeps going. And if students don't learn what they need to learn then of course then they aren't going to pass the test. What more do you need people!!! I am for one that didn't pass my exit level testing and I had to get my GPA and I felt really stupid because I didn't get to graduate with my class because I didn't get the education that I needed so in my best opinion if private school kids don't have the same standards as public then exit level test shouldn't even be aloud! I don't agree with this testing because it makes students feel like that they didn't achieve anything in the past years of there lives I am for one that didn't think so. So I am just saying think of your child not moving on and getting held back and not being able to go to college until they either get there GPA or waiting on there high school diploma take your pick but making a child feel that they are stupid is not really the answer. thank you
What is wrong with you people? These exit tests aren't geared for students to fail. These tests are set up for todays kids to learn what is needed at high school levels to be successful not only in college but in life. It's definately not a race issue and if you make it that shame on you. English is our first language so quit making excuses for students not to learn it. If todays students can't pass these mastery test in english what is that saying and don't place blame on the teachers. As a parent I recall spending many of hours with my son to learn how to properly write a paper. Students as well as parents and teachers need to take on their own responsiblities in learning what is necessary to survive in todays society.
So, are you saying that diplomas should be given to those who work hard? Who decides who has worked hard and who hasn't? What criteria would be used to determine hard work?
The private schools do not fall under the same rules and regulations as public schools.
I enjoyed reading your perspective on graduation exams and other standardized tests. In order to be an adequate test taker you must have above average comprehension and mathematical skills. I think you give "luck" or being a good test taker too much credit and you fail to realize that you are an intelligent person with above average skills.
I took all the stupid exams. I passed all in the 10th grade and i am blk. But i knew too many very good students with good grade who probaly worked harder than i in the classroom, they couldn't pass the exam that some people made up. there is no way they make the fair for every person that takes it. i am areally good test taker. And we all know if u don't just know the answer u can make educated guess more time than not. lets be real if the sat and act have been considered racailly byest, that is a matter of opion i know, but if those test can be nothing is to say that they can't be. and for the guy up top just because u passed doesn't doesn't mean that an overwhelming amount your people make up a large amount of the people who didn't pass it.
I agree with you because the graduation exams tests students to see if they are ready to go to college.
Merely working hard does not mean that you know anything or are competent. Consistently using "there" when you mean "their" makes you look like an uneducated boob. Similarly, when half the sentences are either run-ons or contain "I mean" you look stupid. Even if you work really hard. Even if you're really smart and know better. You LOOK stupid. Saying that you really "wanna gradeuate" adds to the irony.
If nothing else, what this young person's message makes clear is that we really need to teach people that how they write--especially if it's in a public forum that will persist indefinitely--is important.
I dont understand all of you who believe that the high school exit exam is a bad idea. I am a hispanic male who who learned english as a second language and i am in my second year of college. This requirement had not taken effect when i graduated (class of 2005), but still took the exam, the exam is extremly easy. Its testing one at a 10th grade level of english and 7th to 8th grade level in math. If one isnt able to pass that, how does one believe that they can go on to college and pass college courses? College is much harder than that. When graduating one is suppose to be at a 12th grade level for both English and Math and be prepaired for college. Its extremly important for students to be proficient in these areas because if one isnt then one wont be prepared for the real world and for a good job that will require one to be at a much higher level than 10th grade english and 8th garde math.
Very good point...but no one seems to be focused on the future. Not of the test or the children who are constantly flunking it. But I guess they feel they will cross that bridge when they come to it!