Opinion: Fast-track diploma would not serve students' interests

04/4/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Creating fast-track diplomas that would allow students to take high-school exit exams as early as the end of 10th grade are not in the best interest of students, write Ze'ev Wurman, a former Department of Education policy adviser, and Sandra Stotsky, a University of Arkansas teacher-quality expert. They argue that academically advanced students are not college-ready at 15 but instead need more challenging work. Students at risk of dropping out would be better served with vocational programs that offer career training without removing options for post-secondary education.

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