The state of Oregon says that proving proficiency in reading, writing, or math is no longer required to receive a high school diploma, has required it since 2020, and won’t require it at least through 2029. This makes an Oregon High School diploma completely worthless.

A little over a year ago, I put up a post on what the terms ‘licensure’ and ‘certification’ mean.

Certification is where an entity certifies that a person meets certain standards. The entity issuing the certification can be a private business or a government. The value of the certification lies with the reputation of the entity that issues it.

A diploma is a piece of paper that certifies the person named thereon has met the requirements put in place to receive that certification. It is, in this case, a statement from an Oregon school that the high school graduate has met all of the requirements that the state says need to be met in order to receive the diploma. That way a prospective employer can see that you have graduated from high school, knowing that the person named on that diploma has certain abilities and skills.

In Oregon’s case, just what are those requirements?

Higher rates of students of color, students learning English as a second language and students with disabilities ended up having to take intensive senior-year writing and math classes to prove they deserved a diploma. That denied those students the opportunity to take an elective, despite the lack of evidence the extra academic work helped them in the workplace or at college, they said.

Where is the evidence that a high school diploma helps a graduate in the workplace or college?

Board members underscored that state-mandated standardized tests will still be administered to most Oregon high school students – they just won’t be used to determine whether a student has the skills necessary to graduate.

I know high school students. Make them take an exam that doesn’t count as a grade and isn’t required for graduation, and they will not take it seriously, rushing through it so they can get back to interacting with social media on their cell phones.

Oregon lawmakers, however, have mandated that families be told each year that they can opt their student out of taking state tests – and one third of high school juniors didn’t take the tests last spring, meaning they and their families don’t necessarily know how they measure up against statewide academic standards.

Oh, wait. They don’t even have to take them. That’s how you hide your policy failures- simply stop measuring them. So why are they doing this?

Opponents argued that pausing the requirement devalues an Oregon diploma. Giving students with low academic skills extra instruction in writing and math, which most high schools did in response to the graduation rules, helped them, they have argued.

But leaders at the Oregon Department of Education and members of the state school board said requiring all students to pass one of several standardized tests or create an in-depth assignment their teacher judged as meeting state standards was a harmful hurdle for historically marginalized students, a misuse of state tests and did not translate to meaningful improvements in students’ post high school success.

So they are saying that black and Hispanic students are too stupid to learn reading, writing, and math, but then turn around and claim that those who demand that they learn these things are the racists.


It's just Boris · February 29, 2024 at 7:37 am

This policy is going to do an incredible amount of damage. It’s reminiscent of the mortgage lending that resulted in the real estate crash in ’08. Similar thinking and confusing correlation for causation.

Noway2 · February 29, 2024 at 9:55 am

Cultural Marxism. When you declare that everyone is identical the only remaining explanation for failure to achieve parity in outcome is racism and discrimination. Their stupid answer is to eliminate the tests, which just devalues the educational program for everybody. There are a couple of issues, that are different, when it comes to the performance of blacks and Hispanics.

In the case of blacks, it’s two fold: as a population group they have an overall lower IQ and by some metrics about half their population falls into the MRDD category. While this doesn’t indicate how any particular individual will perform, it does mean that as a whole fewer of them will achieve the standards. The other problem is cultural in that in much of the black “community” getting ahead, economic success and education are seen as being a race traitor cause those things are white.

In the case of the Hispanics, it’s likely a combination of language barrier with English being a second language and possibly not spoken at home or in the greater community, as well as a failure, perhaps intentionally, to assimilate into American society. Consequently, it will take a few generations to begin to achieve parity.

All that being said, we should NOT be allowing the communists to pull this crap in the name of equity.

jimmyPx · February 29, 2024 at 9:57 am

So they are graduating kids from High School that are functionally illiterate ?

That won’t cause any problems down the road but God forbid someone “feelings” are hurt.
What about having extra classes so at least these people are can read, write, add and subtract ?

    Divemedic · February 29, 2024 at 10:12 am

    The linked article says that this is what the rule is supposed to prevent- forcing illiterate kids to take extra reading classes deprives them of the ability to take electives.

Slow Joe Crow · February 29, 2024 at 11:23 am

Since I live in Oregon I hang my head in shame at the idiocy of our Portland dominated legislature. Moving the state capitol and making Portland, Salem, and Eugene a separate entity would recover sanity. Bend is sliding Left, but is still salvageable. I’m also glad both children are well clear of High School so they won’t be tainted.

SoCoRuss · February 29, 2024 at 12:52 pm

In actuality these two races are too stupid to learn. That’s because both political party’s and our public school system wants them to be stupid and compliant. Better to rule over them.

And the students and their baby momma’s and baby daddy’s, note I didn’t say parents, willingly ALLOW it to happen. So fuck them all.

This issue is pretty easy to fix though. You want to be stupid, great no problemo. No diploma equals no voting rights, no access to public assistance programs at any level. No More free shit paid for by us.
But you said they will turn to committing crime or committing even more crimes for these groups.So just fix the laws, No more touchy feelly good laws. Also no more lax sentencing based on age of felon either. You commit a felony and you get 1 chance to fix yourself up. You go to prison , you can get education and job training at completion of full sentence you are released. If you commit a 2nd felony, you get hanged in the public square. But certain crimes like murder, drug dealing, Pedophilia or molesting kids is a instant death sentence. If you are a illegal alien and commit a felony, you get mandatory prison then deportation. If your country refuses to take you back we cruise over that country at 25000ft and throw your ass out the back door. If we catch you returning to this country illegally again, we skip step 1 and go to step 2.

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