High School seniors who failed California's proficiency exam will be disappointed to learn that they probably are not going to graduate.
That seems almost impossible because earning a passing grade on the proficiency exam only requires slightly more than half the right answers on a test that is geared to 8th grade math and 10th grade English.
Right now I'm just really scared, said Mansi Goshi, a Magnolia High School (Anaheim) senior who has a 3.4 GPA but hasn't passed the exit exam. Last week, she thought she might get a diploma.I think the appropriate question is not whether or not a student should be given (yes, given) a high school diploma for keeping a seat warm. Instead we should ask our public high schools how any student can finish 12th grade with a 3.4 GPA and not have proficiency in English at the 10th grade level and math at the 8th grade level.
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