But the report by the Virginia-based Human Resources Research Organization showed that tens of thousands of students, particularly those in special education and others who speak English as a second language, may fail the test by the end of their senior year despite remedial classes, after-school tutoring and other academic help...Perhaps a portfolio of their basket-weaving work.
... Among its findings: 63% of African Americans and 68% of Latinos in the class of 2006 have passed both parts of the exam.
By comparison, 89% of Asians and 90% of whites have passed. The report recommended that the state keep the exam but consider several alternatives for students who can't pass.
"Clearly, we need to have some options for these students," said Lauress L. Wise, the firm's president, in a telephone interview with reporters.
The state, for example, could allow seniors to submit portfolios of work that demonstrate mastery of English and math, the report's authors suggested.
Students get several opportunities to pass the exam in high school, and they have to correctly answer only a little more than half of the questions to succeed.As you might expect, the socialists in Sacramento have jumped into the breach, passing legislation that would allow the portfolio of work to be used in place of the exam. Arnold has not announced if he intends to veto it, but he should.
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