Yes, we let kids off too easy, they need to prove themselves
No, this can devastate and humiliate a teen
It's only fair if the teen failed other classes
The teen should still be able to walk just not get a diploma
As a student in College, I can say that there is already way to much standardized testing. This could devastate kids at a level that would follow them all their lives. If it has to exist, give it to the kids with 2.0 and less gpa's, that way it can be tested whether they need another year. The kids above that are usually doing fine, and they should not have to take it because it is unnecessary.
Also, what are the topics? i went to high school where i could choose most of my courses (i had control over the pace, whether it was AP/pre-AP,i could choose the electives) If it is the same in other schools, there would be to much diversity for a successful standardized test.
War is not a tool to satisfy your emotional outbursts.
Realistically, one way or another, at 19 (at least in my state) they're free not to attend anymore.
It may take another ten years to see what "social promotions" and "entitlement" and so on hath wrought. But I can testify that the "best and brightest" in college too often are not and wouldn't have made it to college ten years ago. Many, many can't do math, are historically and culturally illiterate, and cannot comprehend what they read in a newspaper article (much less a thoughtful essay).
Because, in defiance of scientific law, the sickening culture of measurement and assessment has trickled upward into academia, professors are now being "encouraged" to let all students know that they too can be "successful" in their classes.
In plain English, the pressure is on to inflate grades even on the college level. Failure, after all, is only "delayed success," and "everybody is a winner." Except that this often is a lie, and it's better to face your deficits and either overcome them or accept them. Sorry, you don't have what it takes to attend medical school, even if you've been told all your life that you can do anything if you just set your mind to it.
Nevada adopted such tests. Those tests are not hard at all.
This whole "doesn't test well" excuse is complete bull****.
When doing an insurance application over the phone with a confused customer it's very similar to taking a test. I'm not sure what the next answer is, it's very tense, I have to rely on information I've memorized and am able to quickly recall, the things I press on the computer screen are multiple choice. My applications are reviewed for accuracy and the phone calls are recorded.
Being a teen myself, I really don't like the idea of exit exams. I'm sure I could pass one for every core subject though.
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I know walking the stage to get my diploma was a big deal, as it is to most kids and their parents. The kids who do the bare minimum, skip school to sleep and do drugs I have no sympathy for. I do have sympathy for "slow learners", or people who don't pick up things as easily. Like I said I was terrible in math! Here is a sample test from our state of the math version.