The 74: States With End-of-Course Exams See Gains in Student Graduation Rates, Fordham Report Finds


The 74 Million: High School End-of-Course Exams Linked to Better Graduation Rates

Amid a backlash over standardized testing, states across the country have moved away from requiring high school students to take end-of-course exams. But it’s a decision policymakers in those states may soon regret, according to a study released Tuesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. States that use such exams “do seem to be outperforming the places that don’t have” them, he said. “It does seem like places that are really centering their high school accountability systems around [end-of-course exams] are having the clearest effects.”