Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Vitti gets it right and wrong about walking at graduation
Kids that don’t pass a high stakes test should be allowed to walk at graduation. The tests are not a good indicator of what children have learned and what children do and don’t know. For the district and the state of Florida for that matter to discount years of work and passing grades for the outcome of a high stakes test is an abomination.
However some finishing seniors should not be allowed to walk. I wrote this a while back.
How many students who walked across the stage at graduation didn’t really graduate? I am not talking about the students who had the grade point average and credits but hadn’t passed the F-CAT either. I am talking about students whose GPA’s were to low or didn’t have the credits but were still allowed to walk anyways. My guess is the number is in the hundreds every year. Should we stop calling it a graduation ceremony and start calling it a completion ceremony?
Students who are credit shorts shouldn’t be allowed to walk and that they have been allowed to is something we should be talking about.