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Monday, June 16, 2003

Posted by Jake - Exit exams deny diplomas - Jun. 15, 2003

Despite maintaining a "B" average, winning an award for "most improved" in his class, being captain of his football team and overcoming the challenges of a broken home and a reading disability, he didn't score high enough to get a diploma and graduate with his classmates.

The disturbing part here is not that he doesn't get to graduate. That is sad, but I think the "captain of his football team" will recover. The disturbing part is that in spite of not being able to pass a test that is reportedly easier than the SAT has a "B" average. That is grade inflation if I ever heard it.

In California last week, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said that making students pass that state's new exit exams before they can graduate should be delayed until 2006, because there is mounting evidence that thousands of students can't pass it. The graduation requirement was supposed to begin with the class of 2004.

Hmmm. If they are all going to pass it, then why are we giving the test? Why don't we not give the test and assume they all passed it?


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