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Is Making the High School Honor Roll a Legitimate Achievement?

Students have more resources — and more pressures — than ever, yet studies suggest grade inflation is the true reason for having three-quarters of a school on the honor rolls.

bestowed honor roll or high honor roll to 686 students in the fourth quarter of the most recent school year.

The enrollment is listed as 890 this year on the WIAA website, meaning about three-quarters of the students were on that special list.

Honor rolls are similarly swelled in many suburban communities. had 221 seniors on last fall semester’s honor roll; the entire high school has about 1,500 students. ’s list from the previous fourth quarter rolled on for 17 pages and about 800 names on an enrollment of about 2,000.

A survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA revealed last year that 45 percent of incoming college freshmen carried an “A” average in high school — yet spent less time on homework than any class in the 25 years of the survey.

Conversely, greater competition for college admission and for jobs also means a greater — and earlier — emphasis on preparation than ever. The advent of 4K — not to mention suburban helicopter parents who drill their children on reading and math before they are walking — are just two factors that suggest more kids are groomed for success.

So is the booming high school honor roll a reflection of better information and preparation? Or is it simply the product of a toothless evaluation system where every child is above average? Vote in our poll and participate in the discussion in our comments section.

aaaaaa September 13, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Read my above posts - I NEVER said MY kids were worked into a craze - I just said they work harder than WE had to in the past. And, yes, they are happy and well-adjusted and a couple are now graduates from fine colleges and paying hefty amount of taxes! We are a work hard, play hard family and they are well-rounded. I consider them successful BC they are also kind and funny in additon to hard-working. Why the judgement? All I have said is that kids work harder today than kids did in the past so they deserve to be rewarded. This certainly does not pertain to schools that just "pass" kids, obvi, but it does pertain to schools that expect achievement. I think most people from high-achieving schools would agree. I never said my family is crazed just that they have to try a little harder to get into the same types of colleges my husband and I got into. The environment today is much more competetive - look ---you have 4 year olds in organized sports! I never said I agree with this - I just said it exists. I am simply acknowleging that aspect.
Greg September 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
"Honestly, you don't have a clue what goes ion n someone else's house - what stupidity to comment." Take your own advice. Read the thread again and see who went off track. As for the rest of your questions, my kids attend Marquette and Xavier, they worked hard and played hard, but they never played their parents for a fool. At any time my kids were over tired, we addressed the problem and found the source to be other than school work.
aaaaaa September 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
umm - Greg - you continue to judge so I must comment that I am talking about kids that are trying to get ACT scores in the 31 plus range in order to compete for spots at TOP schools. No judgement but check on the average scores of different schools than your kids are in and also the requirements of grades, etc.
Greg September 23, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Please quote WTF you think you are talking about.
kaylla October 31, 2012 at 08:20 PM
are you a ss teacher

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