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Filed at 11:15 am under by dcobranchi

Demerit: The Fayetteville Observer editorial board:

Merit: For the Scotland County school system, which is the first in the state to require its graduating high school seniors to take Career Readiness Certificate tests. The assessment tests are used by many companies to assure they are getting a qualified work force. The tests are also a big lure in economic development — companies are often eager to locate in communities where workers’ training and readiness has been certified by an outside testing company. Readiness certificates were issued to 305 of Scotland County High School’s 360 graduating seniors Thursday. It’s a great milestone for the kids, and a leg up for Scotland County as it competes for new businesses.

5 Responses to “UGH!”


Comment by
Nance Confer
March 15th, 2008
at 12:53 pm

And the other 55 graduating seniors are unemployable?

And what sort of McJob are the 305 certified to be ready for?

Nance


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 15th, 2008
at 1:16 pm

With a bronze certificate, you’re qualified to be a barber or auto body repair-person. But you’ll need a silver certificate to repair bicycles and a gold to repair elevators.


Comment by
Lisa Giebitz
March 15th, 2008
at 8:36 pm

Dear Lord – I hope you’re being flippant, Daryl. o_O


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
March 16th, 2008
at 2:52 am

Of course. There’s nothing wrong with any of those jobs. I just don’t see any particular reason that the government ought to be certifying (through the private ACT) that a HS grad is eligible for employment (or not) based on the performance on a single test.

BTW, the ACT charges $20 to take an online practice test.


Comment by
Traci
March 16th, 2008
at 3:36 pm

Ugh! It was battling Delaware for wanting to tie DSTP scores to Highschool diplomas that helped convince me to homeschool child #2. Life is a test. We don’t need another one to lable people employable for the rest of their lives.

I am sure the 55 that didn’t get a special certificate are already facing some challenges to making their own way in the world. Instead of getting credit for at least finishing highschool they get marked for not being employable. What a crock of $^*!

I hope they all save $ for a bus ticket outta that small county! Life is full of do overs. How many of us are exactly the same person we were in highschool?