There are a few ways to graduate from High School. There is the traditional way of four years in a public school system, there is home school which is a mixture of home and some school, there is straight home school with online classes, or you could just take your GED and show you have a basic education of things if you want to start work in something you love.
Many states offer some sort of exit exam without the schooling. What is the point of an exit exam?
“to make sure no student graduates or moves on to other courses without proving they have mastered what they have studied.”
As youth workers, we should also ask the question “Have our students mastered what they have studied?” Mastering may be too strong a word, but do our students understand the basics of faith? How to read their Bibles? How to mature and grow their own faith?
How do we know if a student is prepared to leave our youth ministry?
We may never know if our are students are ready to leave. We may never create an exam for our students to take, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t quietly ask ourselves the questions that would better equip our students to get ready for the world waiting for them.
Here’s my question to you. If you could create an exit exam to make sure your students knew what they needed to know to move on to the next level, what would it look like?
Would it be a written test?
How many questions would they have to answer to satisfy you to move them on? Would it contain Bible questions? Theology questions? Practical questions? Would it be multiple choice? Essay?
Share 6 questions, in any form, you wold put on an exam that would satisfy you, that a student under your ministry was ready to leave. Ready. Go.