En­gi­neer­ing an exit exam

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Don’t drop the exit exam,” Ed­i­to­rial, June 10

The Times is cor­rect to in­sist that the gover­nor veto or the state Leg­is­la­ture stop the sus­pen­sion of Cal­i­for­nia high school exit exam. While the exam is not state of the art, it does not test even high school knowl­edge but rather ju­nior high skills where stu­dents only need to get roughly 60% cor­rect to pass. We should ex­pect our teach­ers and stu­dents to suc­ceed.

Sacra­mento, the big school board up north, of­ten swings the pen­du­lum of cur­ricu­lum and as­sess­ment too much, and we end up with years of no mea­sure­ment tools to gauge our ef­forts on be­half of stu­dent learn­ing.

Shift­ing to the new Com­mon Core em­pha­sis on rigor and deeper as­sess­ments of knowl­edge should not mean we sus­pend testing whether stu­dents know when James Madi­son lived or in which states the Civil War was fought.

Ar­chi­tects still need to mea­sure, and lawyers need to be able to read.

David Tokof­sky

Los An­ge­les The writer was a mem­ber of the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for 12 years.

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