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Thousands of CCSD seniors won't graduate

Posted at 7:07 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 22:37:04-04

An estimated 3,400 high school seniors won't graduate this year thanks to the state proficiency test. 

The test is given to students during their sophomore year and students are allowed to take it at least 6 times, while writing is taken 5.

Yet, many students aren't passing. 

"It really sucks, I mean, it's like heartbreaking," said senior Derrick Legardy. 

Legardy is graduating, but many of his friends failed to pass the test by just points. 

"They wouldn't pass science and miss it by one point so they would not pass," Legardy said. 

Legardy said while he prepared for the test it wasn't easy. 

"I passed reading the first time and I passed writing the first time and I pass math and science the second time," Legardy said. Legardy said. 

But these test will soon be a thing of the past. Starting next year, proficiency exams will be over. The state is working on implementing the "end of course examinations", which will be given to each student their senior year. 

The test is described as a final exam as opposed to the proficiency test. 

"I don't think that's fair because I have friends that I've known since childhood that aren't going to pass because of this test," Legardy said. 

The test will be given to students starting next year, but won't count against graduation until 2019.