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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —South Carolina is replacing its high school exit exam with tests considered more useful to students’ lives beyond 12th grade.
A new law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley removes South Carolina’s three-decade-old requirement that high school students pass an exit exam to graduate.
It’s a move long pushed by advocates for children with disabilities, who say the High School Assessment Program can be their lone stumbling 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 hasn’t been picked.