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Washington students who failed state testing could get a fast-track to their diploma

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From MyNorthwest.com: Thousands of high school students in our state didn’t graduate this year because they failed one of three state-mandated tests required to get a diploma.
Many, including Chris Reykdal, the state superintendent of public instruction, as well as members of the State Board of Education, want the state to eliminate the requirement for one or all of the tests.
Now, after years of debate, lawmakers in Olympia announced they’ve reached a compromise deal expected to come up for votes this week.
Nearly 6,000 Washington high school students didn’t graduate on time this year because they either failed the state required biology test, the math test, or English Language Arts requirements.
“Only recently are the graduating classes held to this standard. Before that, graduation requirements were the same as they’ve always been. Students just needed to pass the classes to earn the credits and pass whatever local requirements were needed for a diploma,” State Rep. Monica Stonier said.
Stonier has been spearheading efforts in the House to resolve the issue. She says that since the test requirements went into effect, students who would otherwise be able to graduate haven’t received a diploma.
The testing requirements are collateral damage from changes to the No Child Left Behind Act passed a few years ago. When the new law was implemented, states were allowed to go back and add their own level of accountability because the federal government no longer required state testing of accountability, Stonier says. “There was push back because these tests didn’t align with the curriculum taught in classrooms,” she said.
The tests have been especially tough for students of color or in poverty. And biology tests have been particularly difficult for students transferring from other states. “Because they hadn’t been in a state where biology was taught and assessed,” Stonier said.
For years, the Legislature has been trying to come up with a fix. Democrats prefer an all-out moratorium on all three tests. Senate Republicans have argued for a temporary exemption from the biology test.
Now, lawmakers on both sides say they’ve come up with a compromise.
The compromise allows students to appeal to local districts. Districts can then reach out to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and make the case that student should graduate without passing one of the tests.
Under the deal, thousands of kids who didn’t graduate this year because they failed math or English Language Arts requirements would be able to fast-track an appeal through OSPI and prove they are proficient in the subject. It also suspends biology requirement, allowing students who failed that test to graduate right away.
Another key provision would have students take the math and ELA test in 10th grade instead of 11th, giving them time to get up to speed on the subject.
The House and Senate are expected to vote on the bill this week – and so far both sides say they expect it to pass — which means the roughly 2,000 students who didn’t graduate this year because they failed the biology test will graduate right away, and thousands of others who failed math or ELA, can start their appeals.
The compromise is also retroactive back to 2014 — meaning thousands of other students who didn’t graduate because they failed math or ELA tests now have a path to their diplomas.
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President Lucifer’s version of “No Child Left Behind”

WND EXCLUSIVE

SCHOOL DECIDES FUTURE OF RADIO-CHIPPING FOR STUDENTS

1 girl already expelled for refusing constant radio monitor

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President Lucifer's tracking chip for your child.

President Lucifer’s tracking chip for your child.

A San Antonio, Texas, school district that expelled from a magnet school a sophomore girl who had religious objections to being radio-chipped for tracking and identification purposes now has decided to drop the program.

The Rutherford Institute, which has defended 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, a Christian, said the decision “is proof that change is possible if Americans care enough to take a stand and make their discontent heard,” said Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of Rutherford, said that as Hernandez demonstrated, “the best way to ensure that your government officials hear you is by never giving up, never backing down, and never remaining silent – even when things seem hopeless.”

The program had allowed school officials to track students’ location on school property at all times.

According to school officials, the decision to stop the Student Locator Project was due in part to low participation rates, negative publicity and the Rutherford Institute’s lawsuit.

See the real strategy behind RFID chips, and what marketers, criminals and the government could learn, in “Spychips.”

Hernandez was a sophomore at John Jay High School’s Science and Engineering Academy when she raised religious objections to the radio chip. She was expelled from the magnet school in January.

Both Andrea and her father, Steven Hernandez, testified they believed the electronic system was a sign of the antichrist described in the New Testament book of Revelation.

The Rutherford Institute said the question of whether Hernandez will be permitted to return to John Jay has yet to be resolved.

School officials declined multiple requests from WND for comment.

The Northside Independent School District launched the program last year
in an effort to increase public funding for the district by increasing student attendance rates.

Under the rules imposed by the district, about 4,200 students at Jay High School and Jones Middle School were required to wear “SmartID” card badges embedded with an RFID tracking chip.

The plan had been to spread the program to all 112 schools in the district eventually.

But Hernandez said the badge poses a significant religious freedom concern in addition to obvious privacy issues.

Her requests to opt out of the program, or use a chipless badge, were rejected.

The school required the radio identifier for students to access services such as the cafeteria and library.

A judge ultimately said in an opinion that Hernandez’ objections were not “grounded in her religious beliefs.”

I'm President Lucifer, and I approved this tracking chip policy.

I’m President Lucifer, and I approved this tracking chip policy.

But Whitehead noted the Supreme Court has made clear government officials are not allowed to question the validity of an individual’s religious beliefs.

Both Andrea and her father, Steven Hernandez, testified they believed the electronic system was a sign of the antichrist described in the New Testament book of Revelation.

Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2013/07/school-decides-future-of-radio-chipping-for-students/#fzw68VKd27RlKygo.99

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