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Exit Exams: What impact do they have on student outcomes?

High School Exit Examinations and State-Level Completion and GED Rates
Purpose: To investigate the extent to which state high school exit exams are associated with high school completion rates. The study also examines associations with dropout rates and GED test-taking rates.
Issue/Topic: High School--Exit Exams
Author(s): Jenkins, Krista; Kulick, Rachael; Warren, John
Organization(s): American Educational Research Association
Publication: Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis
Published on: 6/1/2006
  • There is no statistically significant association between state exit exam policies and increases in dropout rates.
  • There are statistically significant associations between state exit exam policies and lower high school completion rates...

External Examinations and Accountability, Educational Expectations, and High School Graduation
Purpose: To compare the likelihood that students earn a high school diploma among states that as of 1993 had adopted various approaches to external examinations and performance accountability. The study explores this relationship by examining three predictors of academic success: student social background, student motivation and the gatekeeping function of teachers' expectations.
Issue/Topic: High School--Exit Exams
Author(s): Muller, Chandra; Schiller, Kathryn
Publication: American Journal of Education
Published on: 12/1/1999

  • The relationship between student characteristics (gender, race, urbanicity, math grades) and earning a diploma did not vary significantly between states.
  • Higher math grades in 9th and 10th grade were pos...

Do Curriculum-Based External Exit Exam Systems Enhance Student Achievement?
Purpose: To investigate the impact that "curriculum-based, external exit exam systems" (CBEEES) have on student learning, school policies and teaching by comparing U.S. and international student achievement data.
Issue/Topic: Assessment--High Stakes/Competency; High School--Exit Exams
Author(s): Bishop, John
Organization(s): Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Published on: 3/1/1998
Findings/Results: International data (13-year-olds)
  • There is a positive relationship between countries with CBEEES and increased math achievement for students age 9-13.
  • For math, the effect of CBEEES showed an increase of roughly two...

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