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Students to get graduation exam scores

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- High school juniors and their parents will find out over the next week if the students passed the new Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. The scores now are in the hands of high school principals, who will decide how to distribute them.

''I know a bunch of schools have already started meeting with kids,'' Mark Leal, director of assessment for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, said Monday.

Education officials caution that the results are only preliminary.

The state has not officially approved the pass-fail cut-off scores recommended by the special task force evaluating the tests. The state board of education is scheduled to meet Sept. 8 to discuss the issue.

Students have several opportunities to take the tests but must eventually pass all three sections -- reading, writing and mathematics -- to receive a high school diploma under state law taking effect with the Class of 2002.

''Kids are anxious. Parents are anxious. We're anxious,'' said Skyview High School Principal John Pothast in Soldotna.

Central peninsula high schools will mail the reports to parents by the end of this week along with explanatory material.

The schools will focus on how to assist students who did not pass all the sections the first time around. The next step for those students and their parents will be meetings with guidance counselors and possible schedule changes.

''We expect a lot of parents will have questions,'' Kenai Central High School principal Sam Stewart said.

Those who failed any section will have four more chances to pass in high school and six more after they finish 12th grade. The subject matter will be the same, but individual questions will be different each time.



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