Exit Exams: Purposes Besides for Graduation
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Exit Exams: Purposes Besides for Graduation

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).

Highlights:

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Sources for all data points are available through this link.

Last updated: June 26, 2007

Research conducted by Michael Colasanti.  Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.


Purposes besides for graduation
Alabama School accountability
Alaska Graduation only
Arizona
  • School accountability
  • Scholarship eligibility
    Notes/Citation: Students who meet and/or exceed standards on the exit exam and meet other requirements may be eligible for an in-state public university tuition waiver (High Honors Scholarship) renewable for up to four years.
Arkansas
  • Course credit
    Notes/Citation: Effective school year 2009-2010.
  • School accountability
    Notes/Citation: Effective school year 2009-2010.
California School accountability
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida School accountability
Georgia School accountability
Hawaii
Idaho School accountability
Illinois
Indiana School accountability
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
  • Level of diploma
  • School accountability
Maine
Maryland School accountability
Massachusetts
  • Level of diploma
  • School accountability
  • Scholarship eligibility
Michigan
Minnesota School accountability
Mississippi School accountability
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada School accountability
New Hampshire
New Jersey School accountability
New Mexico Graduation only
New York
  • Course credit
  • Level of diploma
  • School accountability
  • Scholarship eligibility
North Carolina
  • Course credit
  • School accountability
North Dakota
Ohio School accountability
Oklahoma
  • Level of diploma
    Notes/Citation: Districts may choose to award a certificate of distinction to students who pass all end-of-instruction tests with satisfactory scores and who meet other academic distiction criteria.
  • School accountability
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
  • Course credit
  • School accountability
South Dakota
Tennessee
  • Course credit
  • School accountability
Texas Graduation only
Utah
Vermont

Virginia
  • Course credit
  • Level of diploma
  • School accountability
Washington
  • Level of diploma
    Notes/Citation: Students who pass all tests receive a certificate of academic achievement.
  • School accountability
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
American Samoa

Puerto Rico

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