Monday, April 11, 2005

No problem. Just lower the standards.

Ray Haynes points out how the Democrats have "fixed" education in California. As with everything else they try to "fix", it's still a mess.
The Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, the bill requiring the exit exam in 1999, and said that it would take effect in 2005. That gave the education establishment 6 years to prepare. In addition, in 2000, the state started administering the test, and found that 80 per cent of the students could not pass it. That means, in 2000, four-fifths of the students who graduated from high school did not have a ninth grade education, according to the standards in place then. The Davis administration, and then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, responded quickly by changing how the test was graded to make it easier to pass. In other words, instead of holding the education establishment responsible for their monumental failure, the state, through Davis and Eastin, made it easier to hide the failure. They then dumped billions of dollars more into the system.


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