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What Happens When School Is Too Easy?

Excel in Ed – Jacqueline Pace Swigler

“What happens when high school standards aren’t quite high enough…Right now, it seems there are too many kids walking out of school—just like I did—with a high school diploma but unprepared for the challenges and opportunities they will face. And this crushing reality can have serious consequences for students. For many students, the immediate consequence is remediation…For other students, the consequence is joblessness…There has been a disconnect between school and the real world, resulting in serious negative consequences for young adults. Too many states have had low expectations for K-12 student learning, misleading parents and teachers into believing kids are performing better than they actually are…What does all this mean for the children in your state? How can you know if your state is preparing students to graduate ready for real-world challenges?”(more)

2015 Nation’s Report Card Reveals Majority of High School Seniors Aren’t College Ready

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“New results from The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading at Grade 12 indicate that only 37 percent of the country’s high school seniors are prepared for college level math and reading…The Washington Post calls NAEP’s latest news “sobering,” and says it raises into question whether the high school diploma is a meaningful determinant of academic achievement…Students accepted into colleges and universities but unprepared for the coursework are spending thousands of dollars to study things they should have learned in high school.”(more)

Americans Are Spending at Least $1.5 Billion in College Remediation Courses, and the Middle Class Pays the Most

Education Post – Staff Writer

“More than half a million college freshmen—approximately one in four students who enter college the fall after high school graduation—had to enroll in remedial coursework during their first year of college, costing their families nearly $1.5 billion annually. Forty-five percent of those students came from middle and upper income families, according to Out of Pocket: The High Cost of Inadequate High Schools and High School Student Achievement on College Affordability, a new research report from Education Reform Now and Education Post…Peter Cunningham, executive director of Education Post, which commissioned the study, said, “High schools are not rigorous enough. Higher standards have raised the bar but we need to hold schools accountable for meeting those standards.””(more)