Did you see this Thursday in the New York Times?
Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
The supporters of the plan suggest that this approach “would reduce the need for community colleges to offer remedial courses because the passing score for the 10th-grade tests would be set at the level necessary to succeed in first-year college courses. Failure would provide 10th graders with an early warning system about the knowledge and skills they need to master in high school before seeking to enroll in college.”
It certainly would provide some warning, I suppose, presuming that the tests used are an adequate measure of student readiness for college, but I’m not sure it would fx the problem. Important questions would remain regarding what the high schools would do to intervene and whether they would be any more effective in their efforts than they are now. Plus, there are other interesting questions, too, particularly for community colleges regarding supporting and educating 16 and 17 year olds who would amount to a whole new bag of beings.
Still, the move away from social schooling toward skill mastery seems like a good step to me. What do you think?
UPDATE (2/19): The Times invited a number of interested parties to opine on the proposed project. You can read their responses here.