Spunky has a post on testing, credentials and whose needs are ultimately met.
SpunkyHomeSchool, 5 September 2006, Understanding the Big Picture
Notice a dropout is not one who fails to “graduate” but one who has not earned the requisite “credential”. Using that definition, every homeschool graduate will be a “dropout” unless they take the state mandated exam and obtain the credential. (Do read the personal account of “dropout” Kimberyly Marciniak’s refusal to comply with the Texas test.)
This is social engineering with the goal of tailoring the children toward the needs of the state not the dreams of the child. That may suit our Asian and European couterparts quite well, but it just doesn’t fit here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.