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Submitted to Los Angeles Daily News but not published
11/20/2009

To the editor



Solve the UC budget problem: Dump the high school exit exam



The UC regents increased fees 32% to cover a $500 million gap ("UC Board of Regents approve tuition hike despite student protests," Nov. 19). There's an easier way: Dump California's high school exit exam.



Research done at Indiana University, UC Davis and the University of Minnesota has shown that state high school exit exams do not lead to higher employment, higher earnings by graduates, or improved academic achievement.



In fact, researchers have yet to discover any benefits of having a high school exit exam.



In addition to the cost of creating, administering and scoring the exam, the state spends 75 million per year providing additional help for those who have failed or might fail the exam. Dumping this useless exam could save the university budget.



Stephen Krashen


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