The Newport-Mesa Unified School District plans to keep honoring the California High School Exit Exam as a graduation requirement, even after a court decision froze the test last week.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Robert B. Freedman issued a preliminary injunction against making the exit exam a graduation requirement, ruling in favor of a San Francisco attorney who represented a group of Bay Area students. In his ruling, Freedman declared that the test discriminated against poor and minority students whose schools had not adequately prepared them for the material.
State Supt. Jack O'Connell, who created the exit exam in 1999, expressed dismay over the ruling and said the state planned to appeal it. For the moment, though, Newport-Mesa administrators have kept the exit exam alive, saying they will continue to push all students toward passing grades.