Your graduate’s diploma may not be good enough

    Parents from Florida and everywhere else, beware: Your student may be walking down the aisle and getting a diploma, but they may not be ready for college or even entry-level work.

    Students, depending where they live, may earn different kinds of diplomas, including those that reflect less demanding work, according to a new report by Achieve, a nonprofit education organization that does research and advocacy to ensure students are prepared for life after high school.

    That includes strong academic standards and graduation requirements.

    In the report released earlier this month, Achieve said Florida is one of the states that allows more than one type of diploma for students who graduate high school.

    The report shows what happens when students get their diplomas but find out they’re not prepared:

    “A majority of college instructors reported that fewer than 50 percent of recent high school graduates were adequately prepared in mathematics and writing. And 61 percent of employers reported that they require or request recent high school graduates to obtain additional education or training to make up for gaps in their preparation,” the report states.

    Diane Rado
    Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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    1. ” And 61 percent of employers reported that they require or request recent high school graduates to obtain additional education or training to make up for gaps in their preparation,” the report states.”

      And Where are they going to get that ?
      Can taxpaying parents sue for the fact their family was swindled? I would think So.

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