Essays in Education


This article traces the development of high-stakes assessments in public education in Texas, with the focus primarily on the exit examination required for graduation in grades K-12. The article also traces the results of that exit exam as we look at the alterative education settings that have been developed to assure that at-risk, economically disadvantaged students meet the requirements of the exit examination in order to receive their high school diploma. A case study approach is included as we visit one alternative high school setting which was established to assure that these students are well served by their teachers, staff and the school as a whole. The school is also intended to ensure they receive their high school diploma and become productive members of society upon graduation.

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