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[Susan notes: What a great idea!

Go forth and do likewise.


Published in Attorney General Edmund G. Brown

Dear Mr. Brown,

In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, you are quoted as saying: "The state is profoundly screwed up. And anybody who thinks they've got an idea-- I wish they'd give me a call."

I hope an e-mail will do.

An easy way to save a lot of money: Dump the California high school exit exam. The exit exam costs taxpayers about 500 million a year, every year.

Studies of high school exit exams show that they are useless: They do not lead to higher employment, higher earnings, or improved academic achievement.

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

We will be happy to provide details.

Stephen Krashen, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

cc: Jo Ann Rupert Behm, M.S., RN
State & Federal Public Policy Consultant
Novato, CA

Warren, J.R., Grodsky, E., and Lee, J, 2008. "State High School Exit Examinations and Post-Secondary Labor Market Outcomes." Sociology of Education, 81: 77-107

Grodsky, E., Warren, J.R., and Kalogrides, D. 2009. "State High School Exit Examinations and NAEP Long-Term Trends in Reading and Mathematics, 1971-2004." Educational Policy, 23 (4): 589-614

Stephen Krashen

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