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Are Minn. high school graduation exams too hard?

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Lawmakers are looking at a bill that scraps Minnesota's requisite graduation exams. Instead, students would take a series of tests that gauge readiness for college or the workforce.

These new tests would focus on the skills students possess instead of penalizing them for the skills they lack. On the other hand, the tests wouldn't require students to attain a specific score in order to graduate.

Currently, Minnesota students first take the writing test in ninth grade, reading in 10th and math in 11th.

The St. Paul Pioneer press reported some lawmakers don't think these benchmarks are always proper indicators of a student's preparedness. Some students excel in one arena and not in another.

Math, they argue, sets the bar too high. About 58 percent of students pass the math test on the first try, but they can retake it twice, pass their courses and still graduate.

Others believe that a compromise could involve aligning the tests with college-entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT, but students should still be required to meet a certain mark on the exams.

Ultimately, prepping students for success is the underlying goal, and Legislation is set to hear the bill that calls for these readiness tests to begin in eighth grade.


Information from: The St. Paul Pioneer Press

Read more: Minnesota Legislature considers replacing graduation tests

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