The bar keeps dropping on state math exams — and critics are saying it’s because officials are desperate for high graduation rates.
Kids only need to score a measly 30 percent on this month’s Algebra 1 Regents test to pass, according to new state guidelines.
Students who manage just 26 out of 86 total points will get a heavily weighted score of 65 — the minimum required for passage.
That’s the lowest standard since the state introduced the test four years ago…
“A standard setting panel defines the knowledge and skills necessary for students who take a particular examination to achieve at each performance level,” said New York State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman. “The panel is made up of a diverse and representative group of New York State certified teachers.”
Diversity and Equality always lead to a lowering of the standards. Absolutely always. The problem these enlightened “educators” will have is that unless they can lower the passing requirement to 0%, the test will still be racist, etc.
Don’t scoff nor laugh. It’s easy to lower requirement to 0%. Just eliminate the test, and base “passing” on a suite of diversity- and equality-based criteria. Wait for it.
Item Ex-president of Ireland says baptism creates “infant conscripts”
Baptizing babies is a violation of their human rights, according to the former president of Ireland.
Mary McAleese, who served in the largely ceremonial role of president from 1997-2011, also said she would not attend the Aug. 22-26 World Meeting of Families taking place in Dublin.
She told the Irish Times the event, which Pope Francis will attend Aug. 25-26, will only serve as a “political rally” for the “reinforcement of orthodoxy.”
McAleese told the newspaper that by baptizing children before they have reached the age of reason, the Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience.”
Mary, as Irish readers can verify, was largely elected because she was a non-male. Hence showing the damage quotas always wreak. Her special kind of stupidity just can’t be bought. Should I, or should a reader in Ireland, remind Mary that she was baptised as a child and yet somehow escaped her “lifelong obligations of obedience”?
And in many cases, they have been faced with a tricky decision: Stick to the written guidelines or use the nebulous escape clauses built into Academy rules to invite people who might not otherwise qualify?
Such are the pitfalls at a time when the Academy is trying hard to become less overwhelmingly white and male, by inviting hundreds of increasingly diverse new members to join the organization.
“The new attitude seems to be, ‘Let everybody f–ing in,'” said one member of a branch membership committee on Wednesday.
Do you really want me to say for the umpteen-hundredth time that Diversity always leads to mandatory quotas, absolutely always, because I’ll say it if I have to.
Two things. One, ha ha ha. Hollywood has been pushing for Diversity quotas for everybody else, and now they have to suffer their own bitter pill. Two, here is the reason movies have been getting worse, and will now descend even further. Rewards must needs also be distributed on a quota system.
Speaking of quota-based awards…
Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player, and league commissioner Gary Bettman will enter in the builder category, while former New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur sits at the top of the list of the four individuals set to be inducted in November for their on-ice skills.
“I was literally speechless,” Bettman said on a conference call of his initial reaction to the news. “I was really focused on whether Willie O’Ree was going to be selected.
“I’m delighted Willie is going to be going in, and I’m delighted to be going in with him.”
God bless O’Ree, who I had never heard of before. Kevin Michael Grace informs us, O’Ree “scored 4 goals and 10 assists in his @NHL career, all in 1961.” If you do not know hockey, I can report to you that four goals is not a lot. Some players score as many as three in a game, a feat known as a “hat trick.”
When the commissioner wants quotas, the commissioner gets quotas.