More states drop graduation tests in accelerating national trend

Status: 
Current Issue
Subject: 
K-12 Testing

The number of states requiring students to pass high school exit exams in language arts and math has significantly shrunk over the past few years (see Graduation Test Update). Among those recently dropping grad tests are Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, and South Carolina. Fifteen states still have graduation tests in place for the high school class of 2016, down from a high of 27 that had or planned such tests. The current level is the lowest since at least the mid-1990s. FairTest has also updated its fact sheet, Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests, which provides evidence advocates need to persuade policymakers to stop this destructive practice.