When California brings back the graduation exam requirement, the test will be easier. But don’t call it “dumbing down” the test. Because you’ll hurt the board of ed’s feelings.
Missing next year will be questions about data analysis that required students to calculate the lower quartile, median and maximum of a data set.
The board also announced that students will face more questions about computing averages — a skill taught in 6th grade — and using estimation to check whether results are reasonable, which is a 7th-grade math standard.
English questions will be pared, deleting a requirement that students write a bibliography of reference materials, develop research questions and methods to “elicit and present evidence from primary and secondary sources” and having students demonstrate proper manuscript formats, such as title page, spacing and margins.
The test will take two days instead of three. Students will have multiple chances to pass, and the minimum score will remain 60 percent for English, 55 percent for math.
I wish they’d use the state exams, which now measure state standards, instead of writing a whole new test. I guess they don’t want to admit that the standard for graduation is basic mastery of eighth or ninth grade skills.