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5.14.2007

No Child Left Behind


I demand that the Messenger do an Open Records request because I'm too lazy to do so.

Texas has announced that 40,182 seniors will not receive their diplomas because of failing the TAKS test. I want to know how many are in Wise County and what is the breakdown by school.

Shockingly (or maybe not), it appears to be the practice of local schools to allow those students failing the TAKS test to walk across the stage at commencement and receive a fake diploma. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

TAKS and "No child left behind" are scams created by Bush and his cronies to steal dollars in the name of education. Look who profits from this while you watch fake diplomas handed out.

Anonymous said...

I was to graduate from Boyd High School. I had been in and out of the counselors office, getting my transcript ready, signing up for SAT and ACT exams. Two weeks before graduation they called me in the office and told me I was short an English credit and would not be able to graduate. I had more than enough credits, but I was missing just one. I wasn't allowed to walk with a pretend diploma.No one even wanted to help me. The principal at the time had no time to deal with my issues, in her words. Three years later I did some investigating and found out that I could have walked with my class, it would have taken 3 saturdays to make up the credit.

Anonymous said...

boyd is one of our fine institutions that let a kid walk last year despite falling.

yep, thats how great the teaching is here -- dont worry about passing, give us a good sad story and we will let ya walk.

Anonymous said...

I don't like the practice of letting students walk across faking graduation. I also don't like NCLB.

Way back in the Class of '80, you walked across the stage to recieve your diploma when you earned all your credits or you sat in the audience and hopefully finished up in summer school.

Anonymous said...

10:55, that's all on you. I deal with high school kids all the time. They know what the requirements are. Letters from the school to parents, counseling sessions, conversations between students, not to mention that requirements for graduation are posted not only at the schools, and are sent home, and are on the web blah blah blah. You've got to be asleep at the switch to not realize until your last two weeks of high school that you had skipped an English class somewhere along the way. Forget finding help at the end. You should have been the one helping yourself.

Anonymous said...

NO way should anyone walk across the stage that hasnt earned it.
If you show up to class and do maybe half of the work for the class the teachers pass you. I have a cousin that missed so much of his english class he has to make up 21 hours to have enough time in the class and he hasnt done hardly any of the work. He does only enough that his teacher will give him a 70 for the semester. He was failing and not going to get the credit because he has failed the other 6 weeks as well and his teacher said she would pass him if he came to class everyday for the last 3 weeks and did all the work. The work didnt have to be done correct just completed.:( He is all for it but he has learned nothing. This isnt just a high school problem though but my 4th grader didnt bring his homework home and had a few 0's on his 3 week notice and when I asked for the papers to be sent home for him to complete. I was informed not to worry about it because those would be dropped anyway. What kind of message does that send my son? I had to ask for the papers from her 5 times and tell her I didnt care if she was going to drop the grades he was still doing the papers before they got sent home. Not only did he do the papers he does every piece of extra credit for that class as well (he doesnt need too makes A with out it). He wasnt happy but does all of his homework now. I thought schools were set up to help you succeed not set you up to fail!

Anonymous said...

8:19 Our fine counselor said I only needed 3 English credits, I was doing what I was told.

The Devil said...

11:17...It appears to me they do not teach spelling, the use contractions, or capitalization very well in Boyd either.

mzchief said...

Just to let you know how COMPLETELY screwed up the public school system is in Texas.

A student who can BREEZE through the TAKS test and land in the top 90 percentile is NOT permitted to graduate unless they have ALL of their "credits" whereas a student with ALL of their "credits" and eeks by in the 50 percentile is handed a diploma. Face it folks a high school diploma is WORTHLESS unless the student is slated to go to college and even THEN the student MUST have taken an SAT/ACT and scored WELL for their diploma to have ANY value.

Texas Public Schools have VERY little to do with education because they are ALL about students jumping through hoops and ASSURING the employment of administrators.

If the PUBLIC had ANY real concern for the education of their children/youth of America there would be trade/technical schools for those students who are NOT college bound. Assuring the NONcollege bound students would graduate with a diploma/certification that was worth SOMETHING.

goober said...

A friend of mine from Alvord says that, like other schools, they don't let Srs. who have not passed all of the TAKS test "walk" w/ their class. Problem is, they extended a contract to a coach who has been teaching Geography, but can't teach it any more because he CAN'T PASS THE GEOGRAPHY CERTIFICATION EXAM!!!! Nothing like a double standard to teach the students responsibility and Christian behavior.

Anonymous said...

i completely agree with mzchief. well put!

The Devil said...

I wonder if this geography teacher in Alvord can find "Alvoyd" on a map?

Anonymous said...

If I were a PARENT of a child who had passed THE CLASS and still could not pass the TAKS, I would be on that SUPT./PRINC. butt wanting to KNOW WHAT my childs grades were BASED ON, and what that TEACHER was doing in class, if not GRADING/TEACHING the information on the TAKS!

Anonymous said...

One of the few times I have to agree with MZ. Is the apocalypse at hand!!!

Anonymous said...

Our school are pretty dang good. Much better than the schools and resources that were available to previous generations. Yet, we have raised kids so poorly and so liberally that those trying to teach have a pretty hard time. Try it. Go spend just one day at a middle school and hang with a teacher, or a principal, or even the lady who runs the office. Sit there and watch. You'll be stunned and you'll have an appreciation for what the few remaining people that do care about education have to go through because, as a whole, we SUCK at being parents.

Anonymous said...

12:56

He missed Alvord, but he sure nailed Boogerville, Arkansas.

Anonymous said...

Question to all: If we are going to say that students who do not meet all the requirements of TAKS can't walk then what are we going to say about all the Special Needs students who get to walk? None of them have passed a TAKS test. If a student has met the requirements set forth by the district or an individual IEP then he/she should be able to walk with his/her class.