Record grad rates are not what they they seem

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There was a time when a high school diploma meant something.  But that is not the case today. I’m referring to the news that California and the Los Angeles Unified School District posted record high graduation rates last year (“L.A. Unified, California showcase record graduation rates; other measures show setbacks,” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17). I say that because the data shows students’ test scores and absenteeism were also at a record high during the same period.  How is it possible for the two narratives to coexist? What really accounts for the record graduation rates is the lowering of standards. Merely completing a course does not mean learning has taken place.   (To post a comment, click on the title of this blog.)

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