SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of California high school dropouts spiked in 2006, the first year seniors were required to pass an exit exam to graduate, according to a report presented Wednesday to the state Board of Education.
The analysis found that 24,000 high school seniors dropped out in 2006, about 10,000 more than just four years earlier.
The information could give ammunition to lawmakers and others who have criticized the exam, as well as those who have lobbied for alternative assessments.
The firm that prepared the report, Human Resources Research Organization of Alexandria, Va., made several recommendations to the board, including a suggestion that California explore other ways for high school seniors to demonstrate proficiency. In Massachusetts and Washington state, for example, students can be judged on a portfolio of their high school work.
This is where the ideology of testing comes up against the reality of testing: the ones who can see beyond the ideology have an ah-hah moment--and those who cannot just have their eyes glaze over as they change the subject.
Remember these numbers?
- Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of African-Americans, 9 have high school exit exams.
- Of the state with the highest percentage of Hispanics or Latinos, 8 have high school exit exams.
- Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of whites, 1 has exit exams.
- Of the 10 states with the lowest graduation rates, all 10 have high school exit exams.