State sending wrong message

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A proposal by state schools Superintendent Joseph Morton sets a dangerous precedent.

In effect, it allows students who do not pass all parts of the graduation exam to become eligible to participate in graduation if they have the units or credits to do so.

If the system of testing is to work properly and hold schools and instructors accountable for students’ learning, then the state must be willing to take the hard line and prohibit graduation of those who fail the test.

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Perhaps, it is time for the state and the entire education profession to take another look at testing students to indicate teacher and school accountability.

Something about a measure of the student being reflective of the instruction has too many variables to be an accurate measuring stick.