Georgia officials don't know fate of students who fail high-stakes tests

05/26/2008 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The

Because it has no tracking system in place for keeping tabs on students who fail high-stakes state competency exams, the state of Georgia doesn't know whether the roughly 36,000 Georgia eighth-graders who failed a state math test required for high school admission in 2006 and 2007 entered high school anyway, repeated the eighth grade or dropped out of school. "My guess would be most districts are probably going ahead and letting students go on to the next grade," said Ron Dietel, an assistant director of UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing. "But if you don't know that, how do you know if the test is doing what it is supposed to do? How do you know if the remediation is doing what it's supposed to do?"

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