The seemingly never ending legal battle over the exit exam continues today when three justices from the 1st District Court of Appeal will hear oral arguments. Arturo Gonzalez – the attorney representing students who failed the exam – will be arguing the test is unconstitutional.
"Many of these kids have not been taught the material on the test. You can’t expect kids to pass the test when you haven’t given them a fair opportunity to learn the material and the fact of the matter is, they haven’t been given that opportunity."
But state school’s chief Jack O’Connell says he’s cautiously optimistic that the court will uphold the exit exam which he says is the capstone of the state’s accountability system.
"We have overwhelming evidence and support that it’s one of the most significant high school reform measures that we’ve seen instituted in our school system in the last several decades."
If the plaintiffs win and the justices invalidate the exam, students from the class of 2006 who failed the test could get their diplomas retroactively.