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In Search of a Seamless Transition from High School to College

October 5, 2001

A national panel has come forth with recommendations of ways to assure that graduating high school seniors know what entering college freshman should know in order to succeed in academia.

The National Commission on the High School Senior Year, authorized by the U.S. Education Department, put forth these suggestions:

  • States should develop challenging alternatives to the traditional high school senior year -- including programs that allow advanced, but insufficiently challenged students to enroll in college, either part or full time.
  • States should align their curriculum goals in subjects such as high school English and math to those of state colleges.
  • College-preparatory courses should be the "default learning track for all" -- rather than the privilege of a few.

Source: AP, "Panel Targets College Readiness," Washington Times, October 5, 2001.

 

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