edcrane wrote:I went to a pretty medicore/bad school in NY state. Everyone had to pass state math exams, that tested among other things, combinatorics/algebra/geometry (9th grade test) and trigonometry (10th grade test), in order to graduate from HS. I'm astonished that this was/is not the case in Kentucky (that's where you're from right?).
It wasn't the case at least when I graduated in 2000. In middle school, we did have some kind of statewide testing system under the umbrella of KERA (Kentucky Education Reform Act). That test just had us write stories about how we felt and about incidents from our own experience (the idea being to teach students how to "express themselves"). Then, they graded the tests as "Novice," "Apprentice," "Proficient," or "Distinguished," with Novice being the worst and Distinguished the best. We (the students) all blew the tests off, though, since all they mattered for was measuring the schools against each other and not for graduation. I think I got "Novice" every year, because I just wrote snarky shit.