Sunday, June 27, 2004
High School Tests Not Too Demanding "High school graduation tests are not 'overly demanding' and measure only a small part of the skills considered essential by colleges and employers, according to a study of the exams in six states that was released Wednesday.

For instance, the math portion of the tests includes material generally taught, internationally, in the eighth grade. And questions that were designed to measure basic comprehension made up half of the reading portion of the tests.

Achieve Inc., a nonprofit group that promotes higher academic standards, looked at the high school graduation tests of Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas.

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