Some students at the high-scoring MATCH charter school in Boston are transferring in their last semester to district-run public schools, apparently in search of lower standards. Kids get into college, slack off and then realize they might not graduate. Or they think a D at MATCH will turn into a B at Generic High, protecting their college slot.
Boston officials accuse MATCH of not offering enough support for students to graduate on time, leaving Boston with the awkward task of determining the students’ fate.
MATCH officials, on the other hand, say Boston presents an easy out — an automatic promotion — for their students struggling under rigorous graduation requirements. They deny encouraging students to leave, and ask that Boston make diploma determinations based on the charter school’s standards.
“It breaks my heart to see students leave this late in the senior year, but it would break my heart more to change or lower our standards,” said Jorge Miranda, the school’s principal. “There’s no compromising on the standards. They need that preparation to succeed in college, and when they get that college degree, that’s their ticket out of poverty.”
MATCH is right to maintain rigorous standards, writes Flypaper.
Thereâ€™s a term for â€œstandards that everyone can meet.â€ Itâ€™s called â€œno standards.â€
Perhaps this is a sign that Maryland should raise the passing scores on its tests?
If one school in the entire state hits 100 percent proficient (most students score as advanced), that’s hardly a sign that everyone can do it. Ocean City Elementary places an unusual emphasis on structure, consistency and getting all students to speak. Surely there’s something to learn from its success.