Students in an Upstate high school at their lockers. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -
South Carolina may drop its three-decade-old requirement that high school students pass an exit exam to graduate.
Legislation that would the mandate has widespread support from parents, educators and legislators of both parties. They say a single test should not determine a student's future.
Advocates for children with disabilities say the test can be the lone hindrance for students who can otherwise earn the 24 credits needed to earn a diploma.
The bill would still require students to take the exam because it is used for state and federal accountability laws. But the idea is to eventually replace it with tests relevant to students' pursuits beyond high school. The measure would create a study group to explore the options.
Neighboring states have already deleted their exit exam requirements.
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