O'Connell Stands Behind Exit Exam

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 6, 2006

State school’s chief Jack O’Connell says he will not bow to pressure to provide alternatives for California students who fail the state’s high school exam. 

"So to those who want to abandon all of this effort by doing away with the high school exit exams, I say no. I’ve concluded that there is today no practical alternative to the high school exit exam."

O’Connell – who wrote the law that created the exam – says the test is the only way to make sure all graduates have the skills necessary to move beyond high school.

He says he’ll ask lawmakers to increase funding for adult education, summer school and independent study programs for students who fail the test.