New Mexico has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. The children do poorly in math and science, largely because of the high rate on illegal immigration into the state and because of the breakdown of the family. Only about 70% graduate high school in four years.
They are resolving the problem, not by raising standards, but by lowering the bar.
They will give two diplomas now, the regular diploma which establishes “excellence” and a general diploma that represents the lowered requirements.
For example, instead of 4 math credits, general students will only need 3. Additionally, students would require fewer science classes with a laboratory component and would need to pass a lower level math class in order to get that “general diploma.” They also lowered the standardized testing requirement for graduation.
New Mexico isn’t alone. The standardized testing required by Common Core is mandated for handicapped and challenged students and it’s going to be a problem when the testing starts to determine who can or cannot graduate.
In various other states, a new diploma is being considered – an attendance diploma that will be stamped as such. It will guarantee they will fail when they try to get a decent job.
According to the New York Post, students with failing grades are graduating all over New York City.
“This is happening all over the city, especially at closing schools,” said Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters. “If you’re a principal or a teacher and your chances of getting another job depend on how many kids you successfully graduate, the vast majority will give these kids credit, whether they deserve it not,”
That’s exactly what a Lafayette teacher did, describing “coercion” by an assistant principal.
“I was told to consider raising a failing grade because the principal might not give me a favorable recommendation,” said the distraught teacher, who admitted changing a final grade of 55 to 65.
Brooklyn student Tatiana Reina, 21, graduated high school in June despite never showing up.
Not so many years ago, we had vocational diplomas for children who were not adept at book learning and they graduated with a skill that could help them find employment. That option was taken off the table and it needs to be put back on the table.