Graduation Exams

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This week is the last chance for high school seniors in Alabama to pass their graduation exams.

If they don't, they will not receive a diploma.

It's the Dothan city schools policy now: students who do not pass the Alabama High School graduation exam will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

"If you remember, the main issue with these exams last year had to do with students who didn't pass them, but were able to walk across the stage anyway on graduation day."

And officials say since then, students have been making these exams a much higher priority.

Northview HS Guidance Counselor, Nellies Smith says, "The faculty really works on our students. It's really important. We want to get them at 100 percent by the end of their 11th grade year. That's our goal and I think the students are really starting to take that a lot more serious."

The students will be tested throughout the week in five different areas: reading, language, math, science and social studies.

Without a passing grade, the students will not even receive a certificate of attendance, and will not be given credit for any of their high school work.

Dothan HS Guidance Counselor, Carla Goodman says, "Unless they do pass their GED, it's kind of a dead end road because they've already come to school for 12 years and end up without having a diploma. So it's very important."

It's also important for parents to be aware of these exams.

The students need to eat a healthy breakfast, get enough sleep and get to school on time. School officials are expecting about 95 percent of the seniors to pass this year's exams.