Oregon wants to dumb down graduation standards so it can hide how badly it is failing our kids

If we don’t take a stand here, this could easily become a trend pushed by government teachers’ unions in other states.
During the pandemic, most legislators sat idly by while the government teachers’ unions kept our kids out of the classroom, causing two years of learning loss.
On June 22, 2021, the Oregon Legislature passed SB 744, which removed the accountability measures that showed whether a high school graduate had a 10th grade proficiency level in reading, writing, and math.
The law requires that the Oregon Department of Education make recommendations to the Legislature to review state requirements for high school diplomas including the Essential Skills Test.
Earlier this month, the Oregon Department of Education released their proposed changes to the Essential Skills Test and other requirements to earn an Oregon High School diploma.
The Essential Skills Test was originally put into place as both a requirement to graduate high school and—more importantly—to make sure a 10th grader was on track to graduate on time.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTERBefore the pandemic, Oregon ranked nearly last in the nation in education success metrics.
The pandemic only made that problem worse, and our kids are now facing the largest learning loss in 30 years.
On top of that, our kids will now be faced with graduating with a high school diploma that is even less valuable and applicable in the real world than those from other states.
But—thanks to the Oregon Department of Education’s progressive state standards, they’ll be fluent in gender identity, social justice and social emotional learning.
Remember the candidates who lowered the quality of education for our kids.
We must vote like our kids’ education depends on it, because it does.
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