[UPDATE] GA High School Graduation Test Tossed

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Juniors and Seniors in the Thomasville area are taking the Georgia Graduation Test - a test that may be thrown out.

Testing began Monday (3/21) for students at Thomasville High and Thomas County Central High School.

The Georgia Board of Education initiated a proposal to toss out the state-wide test earlier this month. Many school officials agree with the decision because some students have been held back from graduation for not passing the test.

The state board is still awaiting comments from Georgia residents before they cast their votes in April.

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Mary Beacarstens is one of 100,000 juniors and seniors getting ready to take the Georgia High School Graduation test.

"I'm a little nervous and I have a little anxiety. It's something extra to add another stressful thing to do," said Thomas County Central High School Student Mary Beacarstens.

Anxiety is running high at Thomas County Central High School in Thomasville because in two weeks, students will go face-to-face with a five-part test that ultimately decides if they receive a high school diploma.

According to the Georgia Department of Education over the past three years, 3-thousand students petitioned the state board after failing the test multiple times.

Thomas County Central's Graduation coach Karen Jones said students have five chances to take the test, but not all students pass within those attempts.

"We still have students still coming from 1999 who's still trying to pass the test or they can choose to go and take the GED," said Thomas County Central High School Graduation Coach Karen Jones.

The state board of education will meet Wednesday to start the process of tossing out the test that's been around for more than a decade.

"I do think the test should be phased out . The test is so far past when they learned the material ... this is things they were taught in 9th and 10th grade," said Jones.

But the Georgia Department of Education says it has to give the public 30 days to comment before deciding yay or nay.

Testing at Thomas County Central High School begins March 21st.


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