No exam, no summer school
California’s superintendent canceled the July administration of the state’s graduation exam, anticipating the state board of education will drop the requirement for the class of 2004. A one to three year delay is expected. The San Jose Mercury News reports:
Opponents of the test have complained that it cheats some students out of a diploma because the schools did not adequately prepare them.
If there’s no exam, students can be cheated out of an education and still get a diploma.
Dan Ordaz, assistant superintendent in the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, said the district had organized six-week summer programs at all its schools to prepare students for the exam but will now probably cancel them.
If there’s no test, the district won’t try to teach math and reading skills to its failing students. No need. One third of students in East Side’s class of 2004 and 2005 have failed the English exam so far; half have failed the math.