Sacramento, CA — California´s top education official says he´s willing to consider alternatives to the mandatory high school exit exam for students who can´t pass.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O´Connell was responding to a state-mandated study that found a fifth of the class of 2006 hadn´t passed the test by eleventh grade.
Those students are the first class required to pass the assessment of their math and English skills before they can receive a diploma. O´Connell´s agreement to review alternatives is a change of heart for the superintendent who helped draft the original exam.
But a spokeswoman says O´Connell will not consider anything that would water down the standards. Options include a senior-year portfolio project where students could demonstrate skills, a community college program or an alternate diploma.