Louisiana phases out Graduate Exit Exam

By Tyana Williams - bio | email

ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - A new era in high-stakes testing is about to begin in Louisiana. Students will say goodbye to the old Graduate Exit Exam. There is a new standard to make sure they are making the grade.

Next year's freshman class will start the new testing cycle with the new End-of-Course Exam. The test can go more in-depth.  For example, the math GEE tests students on two years worth of math.  Now, they'll be tested right after each class.

"I think it's a better measure of what kids know and are able to do at each grade level," says Michelle Clayton, Director of Academic Accountability for Zachary Community Schools.  She says this new method will allow districts to make sure students grasp concepts that are being taught.

Under the GEE, students are tested in 10th and 11th grades on material they've been taught since 9th grade.  This new test will not only test them at the end of each class, but should identify kids who are struggling in certain areas.

Three EOC's must be passed in order to graduate: English II or English III, Algebra I or Geometry, and Biology or American History.

The EOC's will be computer-based, unlike the GEE.  The pass-fail results are also supposed to be available sooner.

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