Some high school kids had hoped to eliminate California’s exit exam through a lawsuit filed last year, but it looks as though it’s here to stay.
State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, a champion of the two-part test, announced today that a settlement has been tentatively approved by a judge: The exit exam stays in place, but those who fail the test are entitled to two years of free academic help from their respective school districts.
The settlement won’t take effect unless the Senate and the governor approve it. The bill is AB 347, and the full text can be found on this site.
The summary of the resolution was pretty vague on what this academic instruction would look like. Students who need exit exam help already can enroll in community college, adult school or for an extra year of high school, so I’m not clear how they will benefit from the legislation. Maybe it’s supposed to provide more of a safety net for them.
I’m guessing that private pre-algebra tutoring at home is not in the works.