"In an effort to prepare students for the demands of college, many high
schools have added requirements for graduation. However, according to a study
released July 15, these efforts are doing just the opposite."This study fails to show that the efforts are doing the opposite of
"preparing students for college." Imagine 100 kids before
the standards were raised. 92 graduate high school (8% dropout). 60 go to
college. 30 graduate college. Now imagine 100 kids after the standards
were raised. Only 88 graduate (11% dropout), 59 go to college. 35 graduate.
This could very easily be what is happening. Increasing dropout high school
rates is certainly troubling. But you can't say the higher standards
aren't having positive effects too.
Too much stress for passing a silly test.More teaching, and learning
with less standardized testing would improve student education.