States use their exit exams for purposes other than as a component of the graduation requirements. School accountability refers to a state's use of exit exams for purposes of state or federal accountability. Course credit refers to the statewide practice of factoring in an exit exam score when calculating each student's course grade (often the case with end-of-course exams). Level of diploma refers to the use of the exit exam score as a part of the determination of issuing a special endorsement with the diploma. Scholarship eligibility refers to the use of exit exam scores to determine eligibility for specific scholarships.
Why does it matter? States benefit when students take assessments more seriously (when tests hold the potential for personal consequences or recognition).
|Purposes besides for graduation|
|District of Columbia|
|New Jersey||School accountability|
|New Mexico||Graduation only|
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