High graduation rates but low standards

Higher graduation rates in New York State are being celebrated, but the diplomas issued are worthless because the Board of Regents eliminated passing at least four Regents exams as a requirement (“NY’s ‘leaders’ are destroying public education by lowering standards,” New York Post, Feb. 17).

There was a time when I graduated from high school on Long Island, N.Y. that a diploma was a sign of real achievement.  I remember taking several Regents exams along the way.  I wonder what’s next: Giving every student a diploma just for seat time? No wonder so many parents are pulling their children out of public schools and enrolling them in private or religious schools.

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