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Elite High School Ended Merit-Based Admi   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Jul-3 by WALTER784; 67 views.
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From: WALTER784

Jul-3

Elite High School Ended Merit-Based Admissions. It Was A Complete Disaster

BRYAN BABB
May 26, 2022

Students at San Francisco’s Lowell High School received significantly more failing grades at the end of the fall 2021 semester following the school board’s decision to end merit-based admissions.
 
The San Francisco Board of Education voted to end merit-based admissions in February 2021 and switched to a lottery-based admission system at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. Lowell High freshmen admitted through the lottery program received three times the amount of Ds and Fs than those of the previous two years, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
 
Nearly 25% of Lowell High’s 620 freshmen students received a D or an F in the fall 2021 semester, according to The Chronicle. Only 7.9% of freshmen in Fall 2020 and 7.7% of freshmen in Fall 2019 received a D or an F.
 
Lowell High principal Joe Ryan Dominguez attributed the number of failures to a wide variety of variables rather than the admissions process alone, according to The Chronicle.
 
“Over a year of distance learning, half of our student body new to in-person instruction at the high school level and absences among students/staff for COVID all explain this dip in performance,” Dominguez said, The Chronicle reported. “It is important not to insinuate a cause on such a sensitive topic at the risk of shaming our students and teachers who have worked very hard in a difficult year.” (RELATED: Acronyms Are Part Of ‘White Supremacy Culture,’ According To San Francisco School District)
 
The data shows that switching to a lottery admissions process was not in the “best interest of SFUSD students,” Lowell Alumni Association president Kate Lazarus said, according to The Chronicle. The Lowell Alumni Association is a proponent of replacing the lottery admission system at the beginning of the next application cycle.
 
Lowell High School did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Elite High School Ended Merit-Based Admissions. It Was A Complete Disaster | The Daily Caller

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From: Showtalk

Jul-3

It’s no longer an elite high school based on abilities. They are failing their own students by not properly teaching them. Elite schools get lazy. Their students do well because they are capable and also have good study habits and value the importance of educational not because the school is so good.

  • Edited July 3, 2022 11:52 am  by  Showtalk
WALTER784
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From: WALTER784

Jul-3

Showtalk said...

It’s no longer an elite high school based on abilities.

Yes, but their original policies failed them... and then they didn't realize that until after their policies had failed them.

Policies should be good for the school, good for the economy, good for businesses, and thus quite a bit of deliberation and thought should have gone into preparing those policies such that they would succeed.... "should have" being the pejorative. 

But time and again, they come up with this stupid idea, implement it, and it fails, but they won't admit that it was their failure.

I think Forest Gump so eloquently said "You can't fix stupid"... is the only way to sum it up!!! (* CHUCKLE *)

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From: Showtalk

Jul-3

I agree. It was working for them as it was.  But if the city doesn’t  want elite high schools, then they do what they did and basically got rid of it. Now it’s an expensive alternative to public schools that does nothing for students.

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