“Dual enrollees actually seem to have the effect of having students have higher GPAs through the first two years of college and accumulating more credits, which is a good sign of their eventual completion of college,” Vargas said.
Dede isn’t sure that developing national standards is the right road to take. He said he believes focusing on a set of standards might actually be counterproductive.
“There’s a kind of social promotion that goes on where students who really struggle with reading and math and writing are just kicked up to the next level, and those are really the much deeper and harder systemic problems that if we really want to tackle this we’re going to have to confront,” said Dede.
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“I think what you’re seeing is increasing realization that the standards between high school and college are not aligned. … It’s certainly important for college-ready standards to be implemented,” Vargas said.
All agreed, however, that there needs to be some form of change.
“Vertical teaming between colleges, universities, and high schools definitely needs to be done, so we can backwards map and teach it; not just teach it in 12th grade, but build up to it from 7th grade,” Muller said. “We need colleges and universities to continue to participate in the kind of programs … like parallel enrollment, so [students] understand the culture of the college.”
“The way you prepare somebody for something is mimic something, and it involves rethinking the nature of what a really good high school looks like,” Dede said.
“We want all students prepared to go to college. They can choose not to go if they want to, but we want them all prepared,” said Muller.