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    (Original post by Bismarck)
    But that would require having national exams and having some centralized way of grading those exams.
    Not necessarily. Well, moreover, isn't the new SAT a national standardized exam?

    my school system is different from IB's, bismarck's and moncal's:

    Kindergarden and grades 1-5 = elementary school
    grade 6-8= middle school/junior high
    grades 9-12= high school

    there are certain required courses u need to take at my high school to graduate. example: u need 3 years of math, 4 years of english, 2 years of american history, etc.

    Junior year students also have to pass an exam to be allowed to graduate

    my school offers AP's and honors classes and they're both weighted equally (but weighted higher than regular classes). example: an A in a regular class is equal to 4, an A in an honors/AP class is equal to 5

    they way they determine class rank is geared to benefit students who take more difficult classes:
    they multiply that credits of that class by the grade you earn in that class (which will be higher obviously if u take an honors/ap) to get "mark points" Class rank is determined by the # of mark points each student has

    (Original post by Alcohol5%)
    Students that are getting straight As in the UK are quite few, apart from when a level results come on, but then it is only 3 subjects.

    However, in America they seem to be quite a common phenomena, with every other child being a straight A student, captain of the football/hockey team and a generally nice person.

    Is this quite true, or just a sterotype or woteva?
    Firstly: Hell, you watch too many teen movies.

    Secondly: How hard can it be to spell 'whatever'? You really would look like less of a tube.
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