This equity initiative that the Oregon legislature passed and Gov. Brown signed will not improve the education standards of high school students.
Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon signed a bill in July removing the requirement that high school students must be able to read, write, and do math before graduation. Brown’s office justified the bill saying it will help “Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.” Equitable graduation requirements in this case means eliminating them altogether. Gov. Brown is now making it impossible for any student to fail out of public high school in the state. According to a 2020 report, African American and Native American students have graduation rate that is 10 percent lower than their peers. Oregon’s overall high school graduation rate is 83 percent, which is below the national average of 86 percent.
There is significant data that shows giving high school students a rubber-stamp of approval will set them up for failure down the road. This equity initiative that the Oregon legislature passed and Gov. Brown signed will not improve the education standards of high school students. Instead, it only makes the graduation rates look better on paper. The students of Oregon have been let down badly in the name of racial equity. Holding students accountable for their success or failure is the only way to improve educational achievement. With Gov. Brown’s blessing, Oregon’s high school diplomas are not worth much at all.
To read more about Oregon’s low high school competency standards visit www.dailysignal.com
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