“As much as we went up, we’ll go down”
Justin believes that Education Commissioner Gist’s decision to delay implementation of tougher graduation requirements until 2014 is the day the reform died. I may not be quite as pessimistic, but I can understand his reasoning. One thing for sure is that, as reported in the Warwick Beacon, Warwick High School principals expect the improvements they saw this year go down next year. Toll Gate High’s Principal Stephen Chrabaszcz:
As much as we went up, we’ll go down…Please stop thinking that young people don’t know what’s going on….If we have a dramatic fall [in scores] next year I don’t want people to say, ‘What happened?’
Pilgrim High School Principal Dennis Mullen:
Students did take it seriously this year because it was tied to graduation….Scores [of the current sophomore class] could tank.
Gotta have a hammer.