Excuses, excuses, excuses.
” does not remove any requirements that Oregon students learn essential skills” Maybe not, but let’s don’t check to be sure.
“a number of children who don’t test well,” Chase said, including children of color” Perhaps the real issue is finding out why and then fixing why they don’t test well.
If you don’t have basic skills in math, reading and writing, you aren’t going anywhere and even a $15 minimum wage won’t help.
Saying the inability to test well is “not a deficit on the part of those children.” is nonsense. Not having the ability to demonstrate and, in fact, acquire those skills sure is … for the rest of their lives.
I know nothing about Oregon schools, but I would bet that a significant percentage of the children are not proficient in these skills.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new Oregon law that suspends a requirement for a basic-skills test in math, reading and writing to graduate high school is being praised by advocates as a way to rethink education standards and sharply criticized by others as a misguided effort that will hurt children’s learning in the long run.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 744 last month without much attention. The measure temporarily eliminates essential-skills testing through the 2022-2023 school year. That requirement had been put on a hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closure of many schools and students to learn remotely.
“Senate Bill 744 does not remove Oregon’s graduation requirements, and it certainly does not remove any requirements that Oregon students learn essential skills,” department spokesman Marc Siegel told Portland TV station KATU.
Rashelle Chase, founder of Mxm Bloc, an advocacy group led by Black women and focused on education and other social justice issues, said certain children struggle with exams and had been hurt by the testing requirements.
“Under the best of circumstances, in totally normal times with no pandemic, there are a number of children who don’t test well,” Chase said, including children of color, those in need of special education, low-income students and early language learners. She added that it’s “not a deficit on the part of those children.”