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    Filed at 2:52 am under by dcobranchi

    The Wilmington News-Journal wants to eat its cake, and have it, too. They don’t like the three-tiered diploma system.

    One of the worst developments in school accountability in Delaware was the Legislature’s decision to create three different diplomas for high school graduates. There’s one “distinguished” for students who exceed the new academic and testing standards, one “standard” for those who met standards, and one “basic” for those who did not meet standards.

    There is now an effort among legislators to rescind the three-tier system, and we endorse it… There should be one and the same diploma for all graduates.

    OK, everyone gets the same diploma- even the kids who couldn’t pass the test? No.

    [W]e do not endorse any attempt to roll back the standards to determine eligibility for a high school diploma, nor any attempt to separate a diploma from test scores.

    So, they’d deny even the “basic diploma” (which is really just a certificate of attendance) to the kids who couldn’t pass? I’m sorry- I just don’t understand what they want. The Delaware system is really no different than New York’s Regents diploma. Do well enough on the test and you get a winkie button on your sheepskin.

    Yeah, the testing schedule might need to change. And, perhaps, the kids need more than three chances to pass the test. But, the N-J’s stance is just illogical.

    2 Responses to “PIECE O’ CAKE?”

    Comment by
    March 28th, 2004
    at 10:37 pm

    What exactly would be wrong about denying a diploma to students who couldn’t pass the test? Why should kids who don’t meet the set standards get to pass anyway?

    Comment by
    March 29th, 2004
    at 6:20 am

    So, you’d treat a kid who went to high school for four years and who passed all of the required classes just like a 9th grade dropout? All for lack of passing the DSTP?