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Say goodbye to the Georgia High School Graduation Test

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Recently, The State Board of Education received approval to continue working on a plan to phase out the Georgia High School Graduation test.

In order to receive a diploma students must pass that exam. Some students we talked to agree with the new decision.

By now students say their comfortable  taking so many tests. In fact,The No Child Left Behind law mandates testing start in the third grade.

Taking test for some students comes natural. "For my EOCT's, the lowest I've made was a 90, and the highest was a 96," said Junior at West Over High School  Kensley Fields.

Other students have to work a lot harder at test taking."I don't like to study the night before. I don't like to prepare for things like that," said Junior at West Over High School Mills Pickett. 

The State Board of Education is preparing to phase out the Georgia High School Graduation test, which students must pass to get that diploma. "So it's all compact into one test. You can't study for it or anything. It's more pressure and harder to prepare for," said Pickett. 

It covers subjects like English, Math, Biology, and American History."End of course test actually helps students a lot more than the graduation test. Because we've taken the CRCT, in middle and elementary school. We're used to being tested on what we learned that year," said Fields. 

From CRCT, to EOTC, ACT and SAT, are students being tested to much? "In life you're going to face many challenges and test. Some of the test, may not be as helpful in the future as others," said Fields. 

It's clear throughout all the testing, this generation should be prepared for whatever life brings.  The State Board of Education officials say they plan to have the Graduation Test phased out by fall 2011.

However students will be required to take the Graduation Writing test. The board says lots of discussion and rules will take place before anything is finalized.

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