California schools chief rejects alternatives to exit exam

01/9/2006 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Insisting that high school students must possess the skills measured by the state test, California schools chief Jack O'Connell said Friday that the state should not create alternative graduation measures for current seniors unable to pass the new exit exam. Critics say the absence of alternatives is unfair to the tens of thousands of students who likely won't be able to pass the test and thus will not earn their diplomas in June.

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