South Carolina could cut high school graduation exit exam

Friday, May 17, 2013

Exit exam scores at Darlington High School are rolling in this week, said principal Greg Harrison, bringing difficult news to some seniors.

“Breaking that news to them – that they didn’t pass it and they aren’t going to walk (at graduation) – it’s an emotional time,” Harrison said.

But S.C high school students would no longer have to pass an exit exam to graduate if a state House bill becomes law – welcome news for the thousands of students who struggle year after year to pass both the test’s math and English sections.

A bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Owens, R-Easley, would allow seniors who have earned 24 course credits to receive a high school diploma regardless of how they perform on the exit exam.

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