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Judge suspends high school exit exam

An Oakland judge has ordered California's high school exit exam to be suspended this year. The final ruling affects more than 47,000 seniors statewide who have yet to pass the controversial test. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Judge Robert Freedman reinforced a tentative ruling he made on Monday, barring the controversial test from taking effect this year. He says the test is discriminatory because poor and minority students in low-performing schools are at a disadvantage when it comes to passing the exam. The ruling allows thousands of students who have failed the test to graduate this year. San Diego County's assistant school superintendent Richard Thome says the many top educators believe in the high school exit exam.

Freedman: " Take a step back. Many of our school leaders are in the same opinion as me, that we don't want to abandon an effective accountability system people don't want to take a step back."

The state attorney general's office is asking the judge to hold off on immediately postponing the test from taking the effect this year until they can appeal the decision. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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