ANCHORAGE - For Alaska parents, high school students and teachers anxious about the upcoming state exams to graduate from high school, help has arrived via the Internet.
Anchorage teachers and testing researcher Steve Garrison, in consultation with the national company preparing Alaska's real high school exit exam, have created three practice tests, for reading, writing and math and posted them on the Internet. Students can take them on-line and even get feedback.
The test is available on the Anchorage School District Web site - www.asd.k12.ak.us/.
High school sophomores across Alaska will sit for the real exams in about seven weeks, beginning March 7. Students graduating in 2002 or later must pass all three tests to earn a diploma. Otherwise they'll leave 13 or more years of schooling behind with just a certificate of attendance.
The practice versions are meant to cover the same kinds of questions as the actual tests. The Anchorage testing experts prepared the practice tests under contract with the state Department of Education, which will also distribute them.