We have social promotion in this state as well and it is a travesty. Kids that
can't read or write at grade level should never be advanced but often times are
because of parental pressure. If Timmy or Susie can't read and write hold them
back, provide remedial assistance in the summer and if they still can't pass
benchmark tests they don't advance. That is one reason why I am in favor of the
Common Core Course Standards. Why not have tests that are normed that can
prove, without a shadow of a doubt, if a student can read, write and 'rithmetic?
Why does the Eagle Forum stand in opposition to this? And please don't go the
"parents know best" route in this case. Harvard could care less if
Timmy was educated at home. If he doesn't have great ACT or SAT test scores (as
one criteria) he is not going Ivy League. In fact, look at who gets into the
four year schools and ALL of them require a standardized test score. So why be
against the CCC standards that could lead to improved scores?