An Atlanta honors student who flunked the state graduation test five times missed commencement ceremonies at Benjamin E. Mays High, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The story is focused on the student’s disappointment. Hoping for a waiver, she’d invited out-of-state family members to the ceremony. The story doesn’t try to explain how someone who lacked the skills to pass an English Language Arts test in five tries nonetheless made the honor roll. Is she a math-science ace but weak in English? Or maybe the high school expects little from students and inflates its grades accordingly.
The student plans to attend Benedict College, a historically black institution that admits students in the top 75 percent of their class.
The Georgia exam isn’t hard, writes Just a Grunt on Jammie Wearing Fool. “Yeah I am real impressed with your ‘My kid is an honor student’ bumper sticker.”