In high school, higher standards lead to higher dropout rates

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  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    July 29, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    "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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 29, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Too much stress for passing a silly test.

    More teaching, and learning with less standardized testing would improve student education.