Special Review Assessment
The SRA enables New Jersey to inflate its graduation rates to the highest in the nation. The SRA "measures skills that students should have mastered by eighth grade" and "consists of a series of bite-size lessons, each followed immediately by a bite-size quiz ... [with] no time limit."
What happens if the public school student cannot pass the eighth-grade skill set tested by the SRA? No problem:
- If a student fails a mini-quiz, the teacher does not accept defeat. Instead, she coaches him on the mini-content of the lesson and gives him a makeup quiz on it. The procedure can be repeated until finally (hooray!), he regurgitates the material satisfactorily.
- Then it is on to the next bite-size lesson. Practically everybody who takes the SRA passes. Last year, more than 11,000 students did, 12 percent of all New Jersey seniors.
Even with this trick, nearly 20% of public school students in New Jersey still fail to earn a diploma.