Researcher: Graduation exams can lead to more students dropping out

08/31/2009 | Seattle Times, The

An education researcher writes that requiring students to pass exams in order to graduate can actually cause more students to drop out of school. Gerald W. Bracey argues that Stanford University researchers found this was especially true for minority and female students, and he urges Washington state officials to consider replacing graduation exams with an assessment that considers a "body of evidence" regarding student performance.

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