While we're discussing education

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Registered: 12-07-2003
While we're discussing education
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Tue, 03-03-2009 - 11:36am
what do you consider to be the bare minimum students should know and/or be able to do before graduating high school? Basically, what are the basics?
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 03-03-2009 - 9:21pm

I run into way too many teens and twenty somethings that can't count change back, fill out an employment application, etc. Literature, history, etc can be continued through out life but those things are needed to survive and live in our society.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 08-03-2008
Tue, 03-03-2009 - 10:12pm
Is this (relatively) new?
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 1:39am

The class of 2006 were the first students to take it.

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/

CHris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 02-07-2009
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 7:24am
They have an exit exam in Texas. It used to be in the 10th grade. The plus of that was the kid that did struggle with it had two more trys before it effected their graduation. I think they recently moved it to 11th grade.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 8:41am

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Oh I hate that! It drives me crazy!

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Registered: 08-03-2008
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 9:09am
Ahhh..
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 9:27am
Read a classic novel.
Write a persuasive and informative essay.
Conduct an experiment.
Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and solve algebraic equations
Engage in an art form (music, painting, theatre, pottery, etc)
Basic biology
Basic chemistry
Basic physics
Understand U.S. and World history, including current events
Speak a foreign language conversationally
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 12:40pm
I think most of the kids at our high school take it in 9th or 10th grade, and about 90% pass then.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 1:56pm
Every state has one of those.
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Registered: 10-07-2004
Wed, 03-04-2009 - 4:44pm
I don't really have a laundry list of tasks. I just want my kids to be resourceful and work well with others.