Is the DC Graduation Scandal the Proverbial 'Canary in the Coal Mine'?


An audit of the District of Columbia's public high schools found that nearly one-third of the high schoolers whom the system put through to graduation should not have received diplomas under the district's own guidelines.

The schools took shortcuts to get students through their classes even though many of them were largely absent for a large portion of the school year.

Is this kind of behavior indicative of a larger trend across the country? Education scholar Nat Malkus discusses how this incident is not merely isolated to the District of Columbia, but has been found in many school districts across the entire country.

One of the most important lessons from this scandal, in his assessment, is that educators and administrators need to push students to new heights, not pretend to do so by taking shortcuts.

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