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Passing the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, or GHSGT, has become a literal rite of passage for public school students in the state of Georgia. Failure to pass the exams results in a failure to receive a high school diploma. However, this hasn't always been the case. It wasn't that long ago that the only tests a student had to pass in order to graduate were the regular tests he received from his classroom teachers on the subjects they taught. If he got high enough scores on his final exam, in addition to meeting other requirements of the class, such as homework and special projects, he passed the class. If he passed all the required classes, he received his diploma. It was as simple as that; there weren't any extra, state-mandated tests he had to pass.

So why did the GHSGT come about then? What changed? Here's what happened. Back in the mid-1980s, the federal government released the results of an in depth study of the quality of our nation's schools. It was called A Nation At Risk, and as you can imagine from the title, it did not paint a positive portrait of the quality of American education. In fact, the picture it painted was downright scary; the report said that if another nation had done to our schools what we ourselves had done to them, we would have considered it an act of war. That was a pretty frightening thing for the average American to hear, and soon there was a national outcry for politicians to do something to improve public education in America.

All over America, politicians started reading the handwriting on the wall, and realized that they had better implement some educational reforms immediately if they wanted to keep their jobs. These reforms focused on two areas: improving the quality of teachers by testing them for competence before allowing them to teach, and making sure that students have actually learned a minimum amount of material by testing them for knowledge and skills before granting them a diploma. By the early 1990s, nearly every state had some form of state mandated testing, for both teachers and students. Georgia was no exception to the rule, and legislators there got busy implementing their own versions of education reforms. Eventually, GACE and GHSGT were put in place to raise the quality of public school education in the state of Georgia.

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Last Updated: 04/21/2017


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