True, they have unique challenges, but if they get an exemption, then a school
with "xy or z" situation will want one. Then the schools with no air
conditioning will demand to be treated differently, and then the ones where the
football teams don't win as many games, because they are special too.Sorry, the only fair way to run the grades is for all to be on the same
standard. Then footnote that these schools are the "alternatives" and
they can compare themselves to each other, but within the same system as all
schools.Their graduates will have to find work, and live their lives
in the same world as all other students so "grading on a curve" does
them no favors for the rest of their lives, even if it would make the principals
look better in the short run.
I agree with the premise that alternative schools have more challenges than
normal schools, but there should be no difference between regular high schools
and charter schools. There are some outstanding charter schools, but the
majority of them do not measure up and they claim they are such a great
alternative. When I was still teaching, there were several students who came
back to our school because the teachers were just not up to the standards they
had experienced with us.
Accountability is a good thing, but let's get real. For the alternative
students (let alone the teachers), they are set up to fail. This developing
educational reform needs much more thought before implementation.