California issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out

posted at 11:01 am on September 13, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Plenty of state school systems are struggling with ways to not only keep up with national mandates and restrictions, but to boost their graduation rates so they can maintain their funding and reduce criticism from the public. California seems to have come up a rather unique, back door approach to the problem. You could always take tens of thousands of former high school students who flunked out and simply give them a diploma anyway. (Daily Caller)

The state of California is poised to award thousands of high school degrees to dropouts by passing a new law retroactively removing the requirement to pass a high school exit exam.

The California High School Exit Exam (CASHEE) was created in 2004, and is intended to make sure that students have a rudimentary grasp of English and mathematics before being awarded a high school diploma, and to counter the phenomenon of students receiving passing grades while learning almost nothing. The test is hardly complex. The math test, for instance, only covers 8th grade-level material and can be passed if students answer 55 percent of questions correctly. About 80 percent of California high schoolers take and pass it on their first try while in the 10th grade, and overall passage rates for the class of 2014 were above 97 percent.

There are concerns about standardized testing and I’m not one to turn a blind eye to them. Standardized tests have a lot of problems in general, mostly because they don’t take local priorities and community choice into account. Also, when so much is hanging in the balance, the teaches will “teach to the test” rather than trying to impart some sort of deep, comprehensive education to the students. But with that said, there’s still a bare minimum of education that kids need to absorb to qualify for a diploma. If the test is reasonable in scope and the requirements aren’t too steep, handing out sheepskins to kids who fail really just pollutes the state’s educational pool further.

Having looked over the exam, this is clearly not a college entrance test. I’m not entirely sure if it’s 8th grade math, or at least it wasn’t when I was coming up, but we’re not talking about calculus on the math section anyway. If students in 10th grade can pass it 80% of the time and they’re only asking you to get slightly more than half of the questions correct, that doesn’t seem like too heavy of a lift. In fact, it seems to me that this is more of a check to see if you actually bothered showing up for the class and managed to stay awake the majority of the time than any sort of comprehensive demand that you master all aspects of high school math.

Still, I was a bit shocked to see some of the details that I’ve forgotten over these many decades since I went to school. Some of the basics are (or at least should be) obvious to those who grasped the fundamentals. Here’s one example which I’m fairly sure everyone reading this site would nail down pretty quickly:

Test1

But then I hit this one. I’m just curious… how many of you remember the rule of how to quickly calculate the answer to this problem without having to go look it up?

Test2

I finally dredged it up and was able to do the problems in that format, but it took a little while. Then again, I did study it when Nixon was in office and I’ve never held a position where I needed that particular skill set for my job. It’s an interesting math exam and knowing how many geeks we have among the Hot Air faithful, take a look. You might enjoy it. I’m mostly wondering how many of you in the more Long in the Tooth category along with me have lost some of those math skills through lack of use over the years.


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Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Mimzey on September 13, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Mimzey on September 13, 2015 at 1:26 PM

^^This x 1000

307wolverine on September 13, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Why stop there? They should give out Ivy League law degrees. That would put them on the most lucrative career path available that doesn’t require basic English comprehension.

DrDeleon on September 13, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Sort of how ‘nonpartisan’ got his Hahvahd Law Degree?

Solaratov on September 13, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Dude, you don’t thinking kicking in someones back door doesn’t require a certain amount of physics, or shooting a “9” while holding it on its side doesn’t require some basic geometric equations?

antipc on September 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

It sure does.

James on September 13, 2015 at 2:14 PM

ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:11 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:17 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:24 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:31 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:33 PM
ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:36 PM

..don’t you have to go to church or watch NFL fooball or something?

The War Planner on September 13, 2015 at 2:17 PM

..don’t you have to go to church or watch NFL fooball or something?

The War Planner on September 13, 2015 at 2:17 PM

He’s patiently awaiting the new rising of the Eastern Roman Empire.

DarkCurrent on September 13, 2015 at 2:48 PM

9. John uses 1 1/3 cups of water for each serving of oatmeal he makes. The instructions say to use twice as much water as oats for each service. How many cups of oats are needed to make six servings of oatmeal?

unclesmrgol on September 13, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Dude, you don’t thinking kicking in someones back door doesn’t require a certain amount of physics, or shooting a “9” while holding it on its side doesn’t require some basic geometric equations?

antipc on September 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Well there’s the “OG” (Original Gangsta) style, with the piece laid flat on its side.

Followed by the “EG” (Extreeem Gangta) with the piece held almost inverted.

Followed by the “FG” (Full Gangnam) with the piece held with the bore at about 5 o’clock, back arched to the left, head thrown back and tilted sharply left, looking more or less up in the air in two directions at once, vibrating like you’ve just grabbed a main line running about 20K volts at 40 amps, and your tongue hanging out while you’re gibbering the lyrics of the latest narcopop hit from Canton or Guadalajara or Istanbul or wherever.

What’s missing is any chance of actually hitting WTF you’re shooting at even if you burn through the whole magazine.

I say we support this brilliant cultural movement. It can’t fail to make things easier for the people street crazies define as “prey”.

/not sure if that’s sarc or not.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 13, 2015 at 2:52 PM

“California issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out”
—just another d-cRAT “Participation Trophy” for perpetual LOSERS.

pic.twitter.com/piU2VBgL31

MicahStone on September 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

looks like kalifornia just devalued their high school degrees to zero.

extremely sad for all those youngsters who worked their tails off getting a real one.

Asok Asus on September 13, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Constitutional concepts like free speech or the right to bear arms are ingrained in our popular culture, but just 36% of Americans can name all three branches of the federal government.

http://www.fed-soc.org/blog/detail/separation-of-powers-a-primer

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Then and now

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder. Common Core : look for the Union label.

ama on September 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM

A gangsta has 72 bullets in his pocket. He takes all the bullets out of his pocket and gives 1/3 of them to his friend. Him and his friend then shoot-off half of the bullets each has got. He then puts the rest of the bullets in his backpack and heads home. How many bullets does the gangsta have in his pocket when he gets home?

A) 8
B) 12
D) 24
E) 0

Mahdi on September 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Deray McKesson, one of the most vocal leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will be teaching a one credit course at Yale Divinity School this fall as a guest lecturer.

McKesson, whom the university describes as a “civil rights activist and social media leader” will teach a course titled “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement,” as part of Yale Divinity School’s “ Transformational Leadership for Church and Society” program.

“A young leader of the Black Lives Matter Movement,” a syllabus for the course reads, “DeRay McKesson will present case studies about the work of organizing, public advocacy, civil disobedience, and social change, through both Leadership of Presence, and Leadership in the Social Media.”

McKesson last worked in Human Resources for the Minneapolis public school system before becoming a self-described civil rights activist with the Black Lives Matter movement.

His LinkedIn profile still lists his current position as “Senior Director, Human Capital at Minneapolis Public Schools,” in the field of “Education Management.”

According to McKesson’s LinkedIn profile, his only previous teaching experience took place from May 2007 to June 2009, during which time he worked as a middle school math teacher.

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6789

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 3:41 PM

A gangsta has 72 bullets in his pocket. He takes all the bullets out of his pocket and gives 1/3 of them to his friend. Him and his friend then shoot-off half of the bullets each has got. He then puts the rest of the bullets in his backpack and heads home. How many bullets does the gangsta have in his pocket when he gets home?

A) 8
B) 12
D) 24
E) 0

Mahdi on September 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

9 million.

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 3:43 PM

A gangsta has 72 bullets in his pocket. He takes all the bullets out of his pocket and gives 1/3 of them to his friend. Him and his friend then shoot-off half of the bullets each has got. He then puts the rest of the bullets in his backpack and heads home. How many bullets does the gangsta have in his pocket when he gets home?

A) 8
B) 12
D) 24
E) 0

Mahdi on September 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

6.

The top 10 guns used in crimes in the U.S. in 2000, according to an unpublished study by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and obtained exclusively by TIME:

1. Smith and Wesson .38 revolver

http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,320383,00.html

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 3:47 PM

He’s patiently awaiting the new rising of the Eastern Roman Empire.

DarkCurrent on September 13, 2015 at 2:48 PM

..oh, thanks.

:-)

Tangential: if only he’d throw a “HT: Drudge” or some other form of attribution into his posts. Even Hot Gassian-approved shameful blogwhoring has its limits.

The War Planner on September 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Them people:

A University of Wisconsin-Madison official claims laws against shoplifting are just an excuse to over-police minority communities.

“I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases… for people who steal from Wal-Mart,” said Everett Mitchell, director of community relations for the university, during an on-campus event. “I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6750

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 5:51 PM

I’m wondering why even bother having high schools if they’re just going to give diplomas away. Actually … why have any schools at all!

Think of the huge economic impact if people weren’t forking over tens of thousands of dollars a year in property taxes.

I’m sure some of our new migrants have at least an equivalent education – at least that what some nitwit said about the Syrians on some apologist news site – so we’ll have at least some educated people in the country.

smokeyblonde on September 13, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Mahdi on September 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

The answer is ALWAYS 42!

h/t to dmacleo :)

smokeyblonde on September 13, 2015 at 6:04 PM

This is probably a dirty subject here, given how ad heavy Hot Air is. At least when I’m NOT using my Mac or PC to view it :)

ConstantineXI on September 13, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Gracious! I’ve used nothing but FireFox since its ‘0.XX’ version, and was not even aware that HotGas even had inline ads! Silly me!

meerbock on September 13, 2015 at 6:04 PM

“I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6750

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Obviously a graduate of the California public school system, right down to the concluding Valley Girl “right?”

smokeyblonde on September 13, 2015 at 6:07 PM

the answers are 42

dmacleo on September 13, 2015 at 12:42 PM

. . . or so the white mice say, and you know how they are.

meerbock on September 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM

“California issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out”
—just another d-cRAT “Participation Trophy” for perpetual LOSERS.

pic.twitter.com/piU2VBgL31

MicahStone on September 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Thing is, it’s not done to benefit those loser students, but to cover up the failures of the schools. That, my friend, is liberal compassion.

Kenosha Kid on September 14, 2015 at 2:39 AM

CASHEE I can do with half my brain tied behind my back. But, then again, I’m an engineer and even though I got my degree thirty years ago, I still use math skills almost daily.

soghornetgunner on September 14, 2015 at 7:55 AM

But then I hit this one. I’m just curious… how many of you remember the rule of how to quickly calculate the answer to this problem without having to go look it up?

Really, Jazz? AJ can do it and he’s not even in high school. Multiplying and dividing exponents is a basic skill, and it’s also fundamental to any higher math.

Perhaps I expect more out of AJ, but then again not as much as 100 years ago.. Our population is declining intellectually at an alarming rate. But our political masters need ’em dumb, dependent and Democrat.

AJsDaddie on September 14, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Well somebody has to work at the lumberyard.

supersport667 on September 14, 2015 at 9:17 AM

While much maligned in the past, I think the GED is probably a much better indication of what a person has actually learned.

Tinker on September 14, 2015 at 9:58 AM

A gangsta has 72 bullets in his pocket. He takes all the bullets out of his pocket and gives 1/3 of them to his friend. Him and his friend then shoot-off half of the bullets each has got. He then puts the rest of the bullets in his backpack and heads home. How many bullets does the gangsta have in his pocket when he gets home?

A) 8
B) 12
D) 24
E) 0

Mahdi on September 13, 2015 at 3:34 PM

None! ‘Cause the man done took ’em all away when he frisked me on the way home! We wasn’t doin’ nuttin’ and the pig just comes up and hassles me ’bout sh1t, somethin’ ’bout not bein’ ‘lowed to have a gun ’cause I got time for dealin’ and sh1t. But my friend had the guns, so he’s gonna be doin’ hard time while I’m on da street. Dam, he’s gonna have mo street cred than me when he get out!

“I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”

davidk on September 13, 2015 at 5:51 PM

So, you’d be ok with Target employees just shooting you on the spot? Because I’m probably good with that.

GWB on September 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM

California issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out

They practically do that now to the functionally illiterate seniors they graduate. It’s the old liberal solution to all problems (which they 99% caused in the first Place)–lower the river to accommodate the bridge.

MaiDee on September 14, 2015 at 1:23 PM

California issuing free diplomas to high school students who flunked out.

They get this just for showing up. You don’t actually have to show competence or do any work.

So they have shown that they are qualified for the majority of available government jobs as long as they agree to join the union.

They would also arguably be qualified to be the Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.

s1im on September 14, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Also, when so much is hanging in the balance, the teaches will “teach to the test” rather than trying to impart some sort of deep, comprehensive education to the students.

Hey, at least they will teach something. After twelve years of school, if they can pass that test, they will at least have learned something, compared to the nothing burgers being served now…

Big John on September 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

So, you’d be ok with Target employees just shooting you on the spot? Because I’m probably good with that.

GWB on September 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Retail workers and delivery drivers are just two groups that live in perpetual terror of the customers who get mad enough to swing (or try to rob them) and they are totally screwed.

Their stores disallow lawful firearms, the management will fire them for self-defense, and the police will confiscate the gun they spend three month’s pay on for God-knows-how-long.

LawfulGood on September 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM