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Boston Community Leadership Academy 10th-grade English teacher Beth Noell, left, helps Natashia Ector, 17, study. (AP)
Boston Community Leadership Academy 10th-grade English teacher Beth Noell, left, helps Natashia Ector, 17, study. (AP)

The MCAS science exam has only been a graduation requirement since last year, but it's already kept hundreds of otherwise-qualified high school seniors from graduating.

At the same time, 96.3% of seniors passed the exam without a hitch this year. Is it reasonable to expect that number to go higher? Does having standards mean that a few kids inevitably won't be able to meet them? Or, does the exam unfairly disadvantage kids in poor, low-performing schools?

Guests:

  • Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Education
  • Arthur Eisenkraft, distinguished professor of science education, UMass Boston
  • Lou Kruger, associate professor of school psychology, Northeastern University

This segment aired on July 27, 2011.

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