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A diploma for you and a diploma for you! States drop exit exams

Grades are up and tests are out. "More states could abandon high school exit exams as a graduation requirement, writes Libby Stanford in Education Week.


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Only nine states still test students' competence before awarding a diploma, and legislators in three -- Florida, New Jersey and New York -- want to drop the requirement.


Massachusetts'  largest teachers’ union is behind an effort to put a measure on the ballot ending "the decades-old requirement that 10th graders pass state math, English, and science exams to earn a high school diploma," Stanford writes.


More than half of states required an exit exam in 2002, according to Education Week's data.


“Objective metrics of student performance really helped to shine a light on some of the important inequities that existed in school systems,” John Papay, a Brown education professor told Stanford. However, “students of color, students who grew up in poverty, multilingual learners, and students with disabilities tended to have lower scores on these exams.”


Typically, students can take and retake the exams before 12th grade. but "equity" advocates have pushed for alternative ways to qualify for a diploma.


Killing the messenger that brings bad news is an old tradition.


Alaska is considering lowering the standard for "proficiency" in state reading and math tests in grades three through nine, reports Alaska Watchman. "In 2022, 71% of students were below proficient overall. With lowered expectations, however, the new proposal could serve to classify more students as academically 'proficient' without actually raising their objective scores."

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alexander_r_jonas
2023年12月20日

Increasingly, employers will not be able to rely on secodary school diplomas as having any meaning. More and more employers will be forced to implement their own carefully tailored assessments to assure even minimum competency when hiring.

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Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
2023年12月19日

And yet the American diploma project of the last two decades really hasn't worked. It may be best for states to support alternative certification, in particular for vocational education & training, without the elementary skills testing of the Bush administrations in Texas and Washington, with an examination only necessary for those who want to be admitted to universities; other youth may well thrive in colleges of higher education where they might turn their vocations into professions, with or without state exams, depending upon the profession.

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rob
2023年12月19日

Thus we see the *real* politics of "equity": Everyone is equally ignorant. This does not bode well for American culture. The movie *Idiocracy* was not supposed to be a How-To manual.

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Craig Randall
Craig Randall
2023年12月19日

Seeking to codify the soft bigotry of lowered expectations, unions advocate here for what they historically embrace: Mediocrity.

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superdestroyer
2023年12月20日
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Colles classes do not count since there are universities that still have auditorium classes for entry level classes. Here is the federal aggregated data on K-12 grades. https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ntps/tables/ntps1718_fltable06_t1s.asp

Not a lot of thirties on the list except for specialized classes in elementary school.


And is one wants to find the soft majors, many universities use the not quite businesses degree such as sports management, hospitality, fashion merchandising, golf course management.

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superdestroyer
2023年12月19日

Just another example of the question of how politicians and administrators deal with a racial/ethnic achievement gap. Ending the testing is just meant to hide the problem.

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superdestroyer
2023年12月19日
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There is no real solution. A question is how can schools identify talent and do better at increase the level of academic education of those underserved people. Yet, those in the middle are the ones who schools way to ignore while either focusing on the worst students or the best students.

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