Peek: Grad Test has 'Run its Course'

Peek: Grad Test has 'Run its Course'

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To get a high school diploma in Alabama, students must first pass an exit test. But that test may soon be a thing of the past.

The Alabama Board of Education is set to consider a proposal next month to end the high school graduation test.

The test was implemented more than a decade a go as part of No Child Left Behind.

Mobile County Superintendent Martha Peek says ditching the tests is probably a good thing.

“It served it's purpose well and now i think it is time to move forward as we move into Alabama Plan 2020 to assess student knowledge and readiness to get ready to go into college and the workforce on a broader spectrum,” said Peek.

Students first take the graduation test in 11th grade and can take it multiple times to receive their diploma. Last academic year, 83 percent of 11th-graders passed the reading portion of the exam, 85 percent passed math, and 96 percent passed biology.

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