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High Stakes Testing Effects on Graduation Rates

By Karen Gail Cummings

Abstract

With the inception of No Child Left Behind many states are now requiring students to pass a statewide exam in order to be promoted to the next grade or to graduate from high school. Opponents of these tests argue that high stakes testing decreases graduation rates among these students. They also argue that the tests are biased and unfair for minority students, students of low socioeconomic status, and students with disabilities who often fail the tests. The graduation rates for twenty-nine Appalachian counties in Ohio, a state that requires students to pass the Ohio Graduation Test in order to graduate, and Appalachian West Virginia, which recently implemented the statewide WESTEST but does not use the test as a requirement for graduation, were examined to determine if high stakes testing had an effect on graduation rates. Results indicated that implementation of high stakes testing did not have a significant effect on graduation rates

Topics: \u3cp\u3eUnited States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.\u3c/p\u3e, Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Psychology, School Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publisher: Marshall Digital Scholar
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:mds.marshall.edu:etd-1555
Provided by: Marshall University

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