School issues ID cards based on test scores

FRESNO, Calif.

State education officials say John F. Kennedy High School was violating student privacy rights when it issued student I. D. Cards based on their standardized test scores. The cards came in three colors: black, the highest level, gold, the second best, and white, the worst.

The gold and black cards gave students access to a variety of discounts and even their own separate lunch line, while the white cards had no privileges.

Some parents said the status cards humiliated their children, and students claim they'd seen a lot of condescending attitudes towards students without the black cards.

A district spokesperson has said the sole motivation for the cards was to recognize kids for their achievement, but late Thursday they decided to do away with the controversial cards.


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