California exit exam’s demise revives dreams for thousands

Oct 12, 2015 by

Britne Ryan finished high school in 2008, but never got her diploma. San Pablo’s North Campus school couldn’t give her one because state law also required that students pass the California High School Exit Exam, and each time she tried, she came up short.

But with the stroke of a pen this week, Gov. Jerry Brown revived the dreams of Ryan and thousands of others by signing a law that not only suspends the exit exam for three years, but also makes students who never graduated because they hadn’t passed the exam eligible to get their high school diplomas. Across the state, those former students are contemplating new possibilities for their lives — or they will be, once their high schools figure out the surprisingly complicated task of tracking them and transforming them into graduates.

“I’m jumping in my skin,” said Ryan, 25, of Brentwood, who hopes to go back to school and get into the medical field or work in an office. “I’ve been hoping and praying for this.”

Source: California exit exam’s demise revives dreams for thousands – San Jose Mercury News

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