New SC law deletes high school exit exam mandate

  • Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:00 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina is replacing its high school exit exam with tests considered more useful to studentsí lives beyond 12th grade.

A new law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley deletes South Carolinaís three-decade-old requirement that high school students pass an exit exam to graduate.

Itís a move long pushed by advocates for children with disabilities, who say the High School Assessment Program can be their lone block to receiving a diploma. Business leaders also pushed for an overhaul of a test that provided no useful information to students or their future employers.

Next school year, 11th graders will take two tests. The law specifies one will be ACT WorkKeys, which awards job-skills credentials students can take to employers.

The other will test for college readiness. That specific test hasnít been picked.

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