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Florida: Lower Grades, Lower Standards

May 17, 2012 by  

Florida: Lower Grades, Lower Standards
School officials in Florida lowered grading standards to help students pass.

School officials in Florida have demonstrated why the public education system is making Americans stupid: Student scores on standardized tests dropped, so school officials lowered the minimum passing grade.

According to Click Orlando, the State’s Board of Education decided in an emergency meeting Tuesday to lower the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida’s standardized test after results showed a drop in student scores.

If the passing score had not been lowered, only about one-third of students would have passed this year’s tougher Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exam, compared with a passing rate of 80 percent or more last year. The lower passing score is expected to increase the number of students passing the exam to 48 percent for fourth grade, 52 percent for eighth grade and 60 percent for 10th grade, still well below last year’s results.

The students’ poor scores were blamed on a tougher writing portion of the standardized test this year that emphasized increased expectations for proper punctuation, capitalization, spelling and sentence structure.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Kristin M. McCabe

    When I remember what my Grandfather told me about the required courses when he was in school (he was born in 1895), I cringe at the decline in education in this country. He was studying what today are now college level courses. I was not fortunate enough to have encountered such a high degree of education, but it was still a great deal more challenging than today’s children are presented with. With such added curricular “education” that our children are presented with today, such as the social engineering that passes for education, real education is squeezed out. Parents used to teach their children how to behave, what was proper to say and do, and common religious values. We now use public education to indoctrinate children in an increasingly Socialist worldview. Between these points and not allowing children to experience failure as a result of a lack of scholarly labor (their self-esteem would be hurt) it is only natural that our children today graduate from High School with such a poverty of knowledge. History has been downgraded, replaced mainly by the needs of the Liberal agenda. Handwriting is no longer taught due to increased reliance on computers to “write”. How our nation has fallen.

    • Vigilant

      “History has been downgraded, replaced mainly by the needs of the Liberal agenda.”

      You are 100% correct. And part of the liberal agenda has been specifically accomplished with that aim in mind. Leftist ideology cannot survive in America unless children are purposely turned away from its history.

      Understanding our history, the nature and principles of its founding, the beauty and near-miracle of the Constitution, the story of our great leaders and the amazing achievements of a free society are all anathema to the progressive enslavement of the people.

  • susan

    they are try to make the kids growing up now dumb and to think like libs our country has a lot to be proud of and its time the kids learned about it.. people should be proud of working hard for what they have, not what you can get for nothing

  • chuckb

    the school curriculum was reduced in order that black students could keep up. this started back in the sixties. we will pay for this liberal idiocy in the coming future, in fact you might say we are paying for it now, look who the president is.

  • Joyce

    And what will happen when the kids can’t pass the new lower standards on the test next time? Will they lower the standards, yet again?


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