Reality bites in Massachusetts
Well, they did it. Massachusetts refused high school diplomas — “dimplomas” in the Washington Post — to 4,800 seniors who failed the state’s exam. That’s about 8 percent of students. Here’s the inevitable anecdote:
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, (Karl Kearns) didn’t score high enough to get a diploma and graduate with his classmates.
I suspect Kearns didn’t overcome his reading disability. By passing him along with Bs, his school fooled him into thinking that he was doing well when he wasn’t.