Column: Exit-exam failures lower some students' self-worth

09/16/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

That nearly half of California students with disabilities fail the state's exit exam is unacceptable, writes columnist George Skelton. "We had dozens of sworn declarations from parents about the deep depression that their [children with disabilities] went into when they didn't pass the exit exam," said Sid Wolinsky, litigation director for Disability Rights Advocates. "When you're a child with a disability, you start with problems of stigma, societal stereotyping and self-confidence. ... Then you're shattered when you can't pass the exit exam. You blame yourself and have terrible problems with self-worth."

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