Early assessment: Does it work?

California tests 11th graders’ college readiness, giving them time to improve senior year to avoid remedial classes. It makes sense. But does it work? Remediation rates haven’t improved.

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  1. 11th grade would seem too late to catch up on basic reading and math skills without an intensive class designed just for that purpose.

  2. Cardinal Fang says:

    But high schools could offer just such intensive reading, writing and math classes to high school seniors. The unprepared students who get (pretend) high school diplomas and go on to college are going to have to take those classes anyway. Might as well do it right away.

    Too bad the tests aren’t given to high school sophomores.

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I’m with lu-lu. The time to do reading intervention is around 5th or 6th grade. If you can’t finish Island of the Blue Dolphins in, say, 5 dayswith decent comprehension, there’s something seriously wrong and it’s time to lose a summer and spend 260 hours doing nothing but reading and writing practice.

    Check again in 9th grade. Maybe 8th. If you can’t read Animal Farm with decent comprehension, it’s time to lose ALL your electives and have nothing for electives but reading and writing practice.

    Actually, now that I think about it…. that’s it! Make electives contingent on meeting certain rather inflexible proficiency goals. You’ll be AMAZED how motivated students will be.

    That’s going in my book of ideas: giving curricular control to students based on achievement.