Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Limits of Graduation Requirement Reform

As this debate heats up again, it is worth noting that minimum graduation requirements are inherently a very weak lever. It seems more responsible to suggest better, more progressive alternatives to high stakes graduation exams, and you kind of have to, but it is good to keep in the back of your mind that this is simply the wrong argument and none of these things makes much difference except as a fully integrated supporting component of more comprehensive reforms (see also MCAS).

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