. . . the Army has a special enlistment program, specifically designed for disadvantaged youths who have neither a high school diploma, nor a GED. It's called the Army GED Plus Enlistment Program.
The GED Plus Program enables applicants who currently do not possess a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate to be sponsored by the Army to obtain a GED for enlistment purposes. This program is available only in certain areas (mostly inter-city areas where most disadvantaged youths live) and for limited numbers.
The Post story goes on to say that Maryland test officials say the scores will improve when students "buckle down" to graduate. So it is buckle down then, boys and girls, or lock and load. And we know the poor have the same chance of passing as anyone else, right? If they try hard enough, yes? There is no link between poverty and test performance, is there?
SAT Scores 2002 from the College Board
Family Income----Verbal/Math Scores
Less than $10,000/year-----417/442
$10,000 - $20,000/year-----435/453
$20,000 - $30,000/year-----461/470
$30,000 - $40,000/year-----480/485
$40,000 - $50,000/year-----496/501
$50,000 - $60,000/year-----505/509
$60,000 - $70,000/year-----511/516
$70,000 - $80,000/year-----517/524
$80,000 - $100,000/year-----530/538
More than $100,000/year-----555/568
Racist policy? Surely not.
- Of the 10 states with the highest African-American populations, 9 have high school exit exams
- Of the 10 states with the highest Hispanic populations, 8 have high school exit exams
- Of the 10 states with highest white populations, 1 has a high school exit exam
- of the 10 states with lowest graduation rates, all ten have high school exit exams; and 9 of these states have had them for more than 10 years