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Start college in 9th grade, says community college chancellor

All California high school students should be enrolled in community college courses, by default, starting in ninth grade, says Sonya Christian, chancellor of the system, in a Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Rick Seltzer.

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California Community Colleges went from 2.1 million to 1.8 million students during the pandemic, she says. Dual enrollment will fill those empty seats, and be "good for student success and equity." Christian envisions that some high school students would go to college campuses, but most would be taught by college faculty teaching online or at high schools or by high school teachers with extra training. The value of dual enrollment courses varies -- a lot -- based on those factors.


Most high school graduates who enroll in community college struggle with college-level work, especially in math. Seltzer asks: Are ninth-graders ready for college-level work?


The community college chancellor says the ninth-grade course "would be an intro-to-college student-development class, typically put on by our counselors," she says. (These used to be no-credit courses.) "In addition, some faculty feel a kind-of-fun class — a gen-ed requirement, either music or those kinds of electives in the ninth or 10th grade — is a good way to get them to have a good experience."


In short, she wants to give college credit for music or art.


It would be useful to have 11th and 12-graders try to pass introductory math and writing courses designed by community college faculty. Most would not meet college standards, but they'd get a look at what those standards are.


Tennessee's SAILS teaches math and statistics to 12th graders in hopes they won't need remedial math at community college.

North Carolina's rigorous early college programs, which focus on lower-income minority students, increase math and science grades, likelihood of passing college classes and bachelor's degree completion significantly, concludes a new study. Students at Early College High Schools earn at least 12 college credits, reports Fordham's Jamya Davis.

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Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
17 ago 2023

Instead, ninth grade should divide pupils, for the first time, between classes finishing basic education with an towards transitioning into apprenticeships, often via a tenth grade of vocational education & training from an educational organization other than a comprehensive high school (which last institution is the worst choice for everyone with a choice, especially this majority), and honours students receiving pre-baccalaureate education intended to help them qualify for admission into selective high colleges.

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Invitado
16 ago 2023

Sure, huge numbers of kids aren't ready for 9th grade, but go ahead and pretend they're ready for college! Pretend being the key word.


Richard Whitmire used to write frequently about the "9th grade bulge", when kids--disproportionately boys*--who weren't ready for 9th had to repeat the grade.


https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2010/03/12/richard-whitmire-boys-and-the-9th-grade-gridlock/


>> Skip back a few grades to ninth grade, where you'll find schools awash with boys. Ninth grade is the "bulge" year, in which nationally there were 113 boys for every 100 girls in 2007, according to the Southern Regional Education Board, which tracks such statistics. Depending on race, ethnicity and location, the ninth-grade bulge for boys gets even bigger: Among black Americans, there are 123 boys for every 100 girls; among…


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Joanne Jacobs
Joanne Jacobs
17 ago 2023
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Chicago Public Schools raised graduation rates by focusing on ninth graders. If they can be pushed to pass all their classes, they're likely to go the distance.

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mrmillermathteacher
mrmillermathteacher
16 ago 2023

If the average 14-year-old can do community college work, then the standards at the community college are too low.

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Invitado
16 ago 2023

How will these students succeed when they aren't even at grade level in high school?


I'm agreeing that this will NOT work

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Steve Sherman
Steve Sherman
15 ago 2023

I’m taking the under on this working

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