November 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
When Elizabeth Henschel and Haaris Ali start college next fall, they’ll be ready.
Tags: college, college readiness, Education, Higher Education, K12 education 2 Comments »
As long as the courses truly are rigorous, that is fine, but it does need to be a real class. Some college freshman I have taught at the collegiate level that took a supposed AP class still didn’t have the goods to get through a real college workload. I am very pleased that all North Dakota students have to take the ACT. It should at least give the student, the parents and the counselors more information to determine whether or not the student may be able to handle college level work regardless of whether the test is fair or not. However, why don’t high schools make all their classes more rigorous and stop dumbing down education? Furthermore, my high school classes were tough enough (average grade was a real C back then) that I was able to test out of some introductory classes when I did go to college and receive credit, even though it was not an AP class. Since AP wasn’t available back in the day, I took college classes when a senior in high school back in the 1960′s that helped reduce the number of credits I needed to get my first degree.
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There is a big difference between taking an AP class and finishing it with college credits.The students which go on to take the test and gain college credits have a better idea of their college readiness.Critical thinking is an important aspect of learning whether a student takes an AP class or not.We seem hung up on getting an A in a class in high school which does not appear to be an accurate measure of college readiness.
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