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[Susan notes: As usual, Stephen Krashen provides solid research to back up his argument. You are invited to use this research in your own letters.]

Published in Ventura County Star

To the editor

Re: your July 13 article, "Educators ask state to spare exit


Saving $60 million per year in instructional services and support is

important and welcome, but it isn̢۪t the main argument for dumping

the California High School Exit Exam.

Studies have shown that, in general, exit exams do not result in

improved academic achievement, contrary to claims made by the Jack

O̢۪Connell, state schools superintendent.

In addition, recent research by scholars at Indiana University has

shown that exit exams do not lead to more college completion, higher

employment, or higher earnings by graduates. In fact, researchers have

yet to discover any benefits of having a high-school exit exam.

In other words, high-school exit exams just don̢۪t work.

Stephen Krashen

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