The current national graduation rate is 78.2% - up from 73.2% in 2006. This growth was driven in large part by significant gains in Hispanic and African American graduation rates, with Hispanic rates achieving the greatest gains, jumping 10 percentage points from 61 percent in 2006 to 71.4 percent in 2010. Similarly, African American graduation rates rose from 59.2 percent in 2006 to 66.1 percent in 2010.
I have seen many articles posted to THIS site about how test scores are altered for schools benfits, not childrens. There have been stories of minorities being given different, less stringent tests. There is also that a lot of things the kids are "learning" are so dumbed down. Is graduating for the sake of graduating what is best in the long run for these students AND our country?
Don't get me wrong, it's GREAT that these kids are getting diplomas and able to continue their education. I am just not sure how much they actually know when this happens?Answer Question
Answer by tessiedawg at 8:49 PM on Feb. 26, 2013
I think the requirements they are putting in place should produce a quality, competitive student. What my 5th grader is learning in math, is what my son (graduated in 09) learned in 8th grade. They also introduced the kids to Shakespeare, which usually wasn't done until 9th grade. These kids are soaking it up like sponges. I hope they don't overload them too much. On a side note- whoever makes up these standardized tests needs to be smacked. They are horrible!
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