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Are fast routes to graduation, grading, and homework making students stupid? Perhaps not.

There is no question the U.S. high school graduation rate has been increasing. He says evidence shows that making it easier to get a credential hasn’t diminished learning. Even a diploma won cheaply can have a good effect on a student’s future. Credit-recovery courses are increasingly common in schools threatened by low graduation rates. Students can access the internet while taking them, and repeat the test until they pass. Louisiana’s high school graduation rate increased from 64 percent in 2005-2006 to 81 percent in 2017-2018.