In a message dated 95-10-07 00:59:53 EDT, DanH150093 writes:
<< Then have a leaving exam in the main subjects with the scores given from 1 to 10. Upon graduation, students are issued a wallet-sized card suitable for presentation at colleges, trade schools, prospective employers, possible dates, etc.
Accompany this with the greatest PR campaign to make everybody aware of the new real standards (and before you all go berserk, the test is not the standard; it's only the assessment device).
Perhaps, kids would then connect the quality of their education with something meaningful, like getting a job or getting into college. >>
I like this. I read a statistic somewhere that suggests that the upper 10% of high school graduates are more educated than the bottom 50% of college graduates. Having a card like this would certainly save years of school and money for some hard working students. At our math/science school we are planning to give an exit exam in math to guarantee a minimum level (roughly a college algebra clep test) from every student. This idea may spread to the other deptartments as well. The language dept. is thinking of demanding every student clep out of a first year college language course as a minimum requirement.