> I guess you missed the part about the EOC (end of course) tests? They
> have to pass a test in these classes now. Grade inflation can't help
> anymore (I have to admit, that is one good thing about standardized
No, I know they are going to have end of course tests but I am too jaded
at this point to believe that the powers that be won't find a way to
somehow push kids through anyway. At my old school, if a student couldn't
pass the high school exit exam then on the third try or so they would set
them next to a very high achieving kid at a round table where they could
easily copy the other kid's bubbled in letters. Get my drift?
Another nice trick is for the state or school district or school to make
the test so easy that you would have to be nearly brain dead to pass it.
Their are endless ways for school systems to cheat the system. How about
the teachers or principal just change wrong answers to right later?
Or helping them during the test? All of these things happen. People who
are for standards are a small minority who cannot prevail against the
larger group that wants to make every kid a winner in every area whether
they are or not