Why I Didn’t Graduate

June 22, 2005 1 min read

John Wood was ranked sixth in his class at Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio, but did not graduate. He did not drop out and he was not expelled. Because he refused to take the state’s standardized tests, which, he writes in this Education Week Commentary, are biased and irrelevant, he was refused a diploma.

What are a students’ rights when refusing to participate in state-mandated standardized tests? Should Wood have been refused graduation?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.