When ‘Rigorous’ Courses Aren’t

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Four decades ago, there was a push to get more American students into rigorous courses with harder subjects to make them smarter. However, research has shown that students are performing worse on average despite increased admission into the courses. One reason is because there’s an incentive to give students passing grades. Courses are made less difficult and teachers give better grades to keep graduation rates high, inflating success at the local level at the expense of performance in standardised tests. Read full article here

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