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POV | Graduates should be qualified

This past weekend, the WDRB Sunday Edition story by Toni Konz discussed the Jefferson County School System's Teenage Parent Program. It's a good story and I recommend you take a look at it.

But in reading it, I became aware of what I consider a somewhat shocking revelation: While the overall graduation rate in Jefferson County high schools is 79%, the percentage of seniors considered “college and career ready” is only 60.5%.

That means that nearly a quarter of all students who receive a diploma are judged by JCPS to not be college and career ready.

If these kids really aren't prepared for further education or a career, exactly why does JCPS think they should receive a diploma? Isn't that supposed to be the point? What good is a diploma that can't assure a future college or employer that the person whose name is on it possesses at least the minimum qualifications to perform at the next level?

Some may say “What's the problem? These kids put in the time – give them a break.” But the truth is, such a policy seriously cheapens the value of the diplomas awarded to those students who truly earned them. And that's not fair.

I say if students aren't “college or career-ready,” they shouldn't get a piece of paper that implies they are. Maybe some kind of “certificate of completion” would be OK, but no diploma.

But call and tell us what you think.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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