SC House approves deleting exit exam requirement

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — High school students would no longer have to pass South Carolina's exit exam to earn a diploma under a bill passed by the House.

The measure approved 100-10 on Tuesday would remove the three-decade-old mandate. Another perfunctory vote on Wednesday would send the measure to the Senate.

Advocates for children with disabilities say the High School Assessment Program can be the lone hindrance for students who can earn the 24 credits needed for a South Carolina diploma.

Students would still be required to take the HSAP, since the results are used for federal accountability laws.

But the idea is to eventually replace it with tests relevant to students' pursuits beyond high school, whether that's immediately entering the workforce or going to college. The bill creates a committee to make recommendations.

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