Editorial: Enough coddling for high school seniors

It defines itself as "an emergency measure that is necessary to preserve the public peace, health or safety." Really? Allowing high school seniors to augment bad AIMS scores with classroom grades actually meets these criteria for an "emergency"?

This was not an emergency. It was not even necessary.

House Bill 2008 extends the state's hand-holding of 12th graders whose AIMS scores could prevent them from graduating. They have had this cushion for two years, since meeting the 10th grade AIMS standard became a requirement for receiving a diploma.

While the "emergency" extension will not actually take effect until September, that is only a summertime delay for this crop of seniors to use these weaker means to get their sheepskin.

Coddling actions like this from the state government are saying the students are not responsible. If seniors still can't meet the 10th-grade standard on AIMS, it is clearly not their fault - it must be the teachers. That is a terrible lesson for young adults to receive as they exit into the real world.

No one likes to hear that the current generation is only seeking ways to avoid accountability by cutting corners. No one wants that in an auto mechanic, no one wants that in a police officer, and no one wants that in a corporate executive. But it's what these unfortunate students are learning as a life skill.

AIMS testing has been around for years. If students are not held to the standard by now, when does it begin? If schools and teachers are not allowed to demand at least minimal achievement in all grades by now, what tools are they left with?

The extension of the AIMS augmentation was not necessary and was certainly not an emergency. Every student has an individual reason for not meeting the standard. The answer is to find ways to achieve those minimal skills, not to lower the expectations of those who will one day run the country.


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