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Bear River High Principal On Suspension Of Exam

The principal of Bear River High School isn’t sure the exit exam will be missed that much. Governor Brown has signed a bill that suspends the exam for the next three years and also now allows students who met all other graduation requirements to get their diplomas. Previously, students not passing the exam by the end of their senior year did get a certificate of completion. Principal Amy Bresler says that could hurt job prospects…

clickto listen to Amy Besler

Besler does point out that very few students in the Nevada Joint Union High School District failed the test, with many passing it as early as their sophomore year, the first time it’s offered. She’s also not sure how, or if, students with certificates can get diplomas….

click to listen to Amy Besler


Nearly 5-million students have taken the high school exit exam in California with about a-quarter-of-a-million never passing it. It became a graduation requirement in 2006. Besler says the exam was not necessarily a strong gauge of how much high school students have learned, with only minimal standards for english and math. Lawmakers and education officials are discussing possible replacements for the test that they say would be better aligned with the new and tougher state standards.

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