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Grads don't need "trophy" deplomas

A 10th grade Probability and Statistics class taught by math teacher, Troy Mabry at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
A 10th grade Probability and Statistics class taught by math teacher, Troy Mabry at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.(Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

According to the recent Sun article (“Maryland revises high school graduation requirements, delaying higher standards," Oct. 27), the state is delaying the diploma standard, since 60 percent of the students would not pass the standardized test by scoring a four and therefore would be ineligible to receive a diploma. Instead, the students will be allowed to pass with a three.

This means the student will be allowed to graduate even though they are not “ready to do college level work or get a job to sustain a family,” the program's description of a four. It sounds like the “tail is wagging the dog” here and learning and achievement is taking a back seat to expediency.

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If the test is a valid indicator, the numbers point out a disturbing problem in our educational system. Even worse, having such a test, valid or not, that allows a student to receive a diploma with what many would consider a “failing”(and documented) score, degrades the value of the diploma more than not having the test at all.

Our education system seems to be taking a lesson from a youth sports program and awarding a “trophy” diploma for merely participating in the education process. We will crank out “graduates” who have a diploma (for what it is worth), and while they may have undamaged egos, they will be ill-equipped to function successfully in society.

Our students deserve better.

Scott Richard, Westminster

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