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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Shame of Maryland Schools

This tells you all you need to know about the state of public education in Maryland.

From the WaPo:

BALTIMORE, Aug. 28 -- Maryland high school students who are unable to pass a set of exams required for graduation could instead submit projects to demonstrate their mastery of academic subjects, under a plan introduced Tuesday by State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.

Students in the Class of 2009 (this year's juniors) and those who follow must pass the exams in algebra, English, biology and government -- or earn an adequate composite score on them -- to graduate.

Grasmick offered her alternative because she is concerned that hundreds of students could be denied diplomas based on a single set of tests, rather than on their mastery of the subject.

Read the whole article here.

If they can't do the work, they don't deserve the degree, and what is this crap about "mastery of the subject"? That's supposed to be what the tests measure.