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Is a High School Grad Ready for College?
Is a High School Grad Ready for College?

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AIR DATE: April 12, 2012

The Nevada Department of Education is considering switching the high school exit exam to another test in order to better determine a student's college preparedness. The test they're considering is the ACT, a test already accepted by many universities and colleges for admission. We'll look at the current high school proficiency test and ask if it really tells us much about what students are learning in school. And, we'll look to see if there's a correlation between the proficiency test and the increasing number of college students who are taking remedial classes.

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Sue Daellenbach, Assistant Superintendent of Assessment, CCSD
Ann McDonough, dean of the Academic Success Center
Carol Crothers, Director of the Office of Assessment, Nevada Department of Education

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We need to teach to the top, and stop teaching to the bottom. We can not continue to make accommodations for certain students, and forget about those that need to be prepared for college.
George M. Chamberlin IIIApr 12, 2012 21:07:03 PM
I totally agree with the idea of changing from the Nevada Proficiency to ACT and make it a graduation requirement for Nevada students. This will help student to be able to compete with the rest of the country. Kids who work beyond what they get from classrooms find it so easy but still it does not prepare them for good colleges. Those few kids who come from CCSD to top schools still struggle so hard to meet the standards. They spend the entire freshmen year trying to find their path. Most of them end up changing majors because they can not handle the pressure. Our school system need to pay more attention on teaching kids on how to research and study skills on a broad knowledge. Also teachers need to be hard on grading papers. There sometimes I look at my kid's papers and wonder if this kid will ever know the difference between a quality and quantity work. When I talk to him, he will say my teacher can read it and she/he liked it. They are just doing it for completion which sets a very low standard of our kids performance.
Melania KusasiraApr 12, 2012 12:38:01 PM
I dont mind the list of items that is needed for the class and my child. In fact I always send additional items when needed. Its not the schools responsibility to provide some of these additional items. It is their job to provide my child with the best possible education. This is where I have a problem. My child is not getting the best possible education. In fact my child is getting a mediocre education. I have a child that attends a magnet school and she still is receiving a less than standard education. I do not fault the teachers. Her teacher is excellent as I'm sure most of them are. The problem starts with the funding. Teachers are over worked and expected to deal with issues they should not have to. The class sizes are too big and most of the time the teachers are dealing with behavior issues as well as students that aren't at the same level of learning. In my daughters class her teacher has students that dont even meet the basic criteria to be in that grade. Her teacher teaches three different levels of learning. How can this be beneficial to the students? There needs to be more help in the class rooms and smaller class sizes. I also believe that if they want to continue to pass students along even if they are behind that they should test these children and have different levels for the grade, placing the children by learning level. Or they need to do a better job of having programs that work to bring these struggling students to the current level. When I went to school I was strong in all areas except one, I went to special classes during the school day to help me. I dont see these in our current schools and it is due to funding. The other problem I see is that parent involvement is at a minimum. Parents are responsible for the childs education just as much as the state. The bottom line is Funding and parent involvement. I also think that there could be a streamlining of purchasing that would save money within the school and the district.
BlairApr 12, 2012 10:07:39 AM
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