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[Susan notes: Review of research: Holme, J., Richards, M., Jimerson, J., and Cohen, R. 2010. Assessing the effects of high school exit examinations. Review of Educational Research 80 (4): 476-526.


All you California residents should send this letter to this paper and others. And people in other states, go forth and do likewise.]

Submitted to San Francisco Chronicle but not published

To the editor

It is a good idea to delay the California high school exit exam ( Exit Exam reprieve gets California lawmakers' OK, August 24). It is a better idea to drop it altogether.

Study after study confirms that state exit exams serve no useful purpose: they do not provide short-benefits, such as increased learning, or long-term benefits, such as increased college attendance or higher employment.

Stephen Krashen, USC Professor Emeritus

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