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Let me say this: http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/weblo... 1) It is time to realize that the education system isn’t one size fits all. Abolish “No Child Left Behind” and standardized testing.
2) To curl the drop out rate is to empower that student. Students involved in extracurricular activities are less likely into gangs and drugs. Female students are less likely to be pregnant in high school. Encouraging at risk students to be involved in something. Adding reasonable points to their grade would help. Also, encourage work programs for the least wealthy students.
3) Add more “hands on” education to the curriculum. Not everyone is going to be a doctor or lawyer. Nurses, plumbers, barbers, cooks, and even farmers are needed.
4) Remove political and religious extremism from the public education. If Sexually explicated material are banned, then banned Abortion posters with dead babies as well. Have a neutral, respectable, and honest sex education. Encourage Teen mothers to stay in school, but offer night classes or home schooling as an alternative.
5) Gang members and drug dealers in schools are required to be placed into “Scared Straight” programs (ie; spending the night at a cold funeral home).
test anxiety is just another cop out. know and study your subject matter.
The parents who are opting out of the state mandated tests are not parents of high school students. There is a certain point where not taking the test means not graduating, like you said. I've seen warnings about that.
I know for a fact that high school student have a tendency not to show up when standardized, state, or criterion reference tests are given. What does that tell you. Most of these same student know they are not going to graduate because they can't pass their exit exams (this is another test that they skip out on). What does that say about the quality of education. Remediation is not always the answer, but it may help some. And to be honest there are some students that are there physically but have no intentions of completing the requirements to graduate. It is not a perfect system, but those that want to learn will.
I know this isn't a Texas state mandated test, but this article points out details about how questions can be poorly worded or how the "standards" for wording questions on a test can actually punish a student who knows too much: http://thehappyscientist.com/blog/pro...