Report: Some states change their tune on exit exams

A growing public backlash against exit exams, coupled with high failure rates among students, has prompted several states to offer alternatives to the exams, such as end-of-course tests in discrete subject areas, according to a Center on Education Policy report. "States are beginning to face the music and to face the actual fact that nontrivial numbers of kids are being told they aren't going to get a diploma," said Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington policy institute.

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