By 2012, three-quarters of the nation's schools will require students to pass a high school graduation test to earn a diploma.
This growing trend has catalyzed a debate over the fairness of the tests, which goes hand in hand with the larger national debate over the efficacy of standardized testing in general.
CNN's Steve Perry took a look at the argument over high school exit exams in Rhode Island.
While Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist feels that the tests will help ensure that only students who are prepared to succeed after school earn diplomas, the ACLU's Anne Mulready says the exams will hold back students who are affected by learning disabilities, poverty and other factors.
What do you think?