It’s almost that time again for the beloved Alabama High School Graduation Exam. Because of budget cuts and curriculum changes, Alabama students will have to keep taking the graduation exam in order to earn a diploma, at least for another year.
The Alabama Department of Education had decided to phase out the five-part test in favor of end-of-course exams but that plan has been postponed for now. Alabama’s High School Graduation Exam is considered to be a ‘High Stakes’ standardized test. That means that the results have a direct impact on the educational experience of an individual student.
After evaluation of recent scores, administrators came up with a new “common sense” idea: to take the exam in classrooms. Why? Well a better question is why not?? Since students spend most of their time in classrooms, it’s consistent to test in classrooms. Students tend to work better in intimate settings.
It’s imperative that students do well on this exam; so Walker High School will be offering some enticing incentives for students who pass this important test. Some other incentives include a free exemption if all of the exams are passed in a student’s 10th grade year. And, once you pass all the sections of the grad exam, you can take advantage of the late arrival schedule during the spring testing week. Remember, if students do not pass all of the exams by their 10th grade year, they will automatically be placed in 11th grade remediation. This is important since all students must pass to graduate. Passing the sections in 10th grade means you can skip the remediation sessions and take more elective classes!
The next Alabama High School Graduation Exam will be administered February 28th – March 4th. We have spent weeks preparing for the test and we feel more students will pass than ever before! GOOD LUCK STUDENTS!
By: Kristian Douglas, Krishna Patel, Hannah Chatham