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ERIC Number: EJ1097427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
All in This Together
Pierce, Dennis
Community College Journal, v86 n5 p32-36 Apr-May 2016
As recently as seven or eight years ago, three quarters of the high school graduates in Florida's Seminole County had to take a remedial math class when they got to college, says Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent Griffin. Thanks to a partnership between the school district and Seminole State College of Florida, however, that figure is now down to about 13 percent, Griffin says. Seminole State College has helped the K-12 district align its math curriculum with the college's math gateway course to make sure students are learning the foundational skills they'll need for success after high school. Seminole County high school students also have the opportunity to take classes either in their own schools or on the Seminole State campus for both high school and college credit. Partnerships like the one between Seminole State College and its local school system are becoming increasingly common as K-12 and community college leaders aim to make sure that high school graduates are college ready. Improving college readiness is a critical focus of the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC's) 21st-Century Initiative. In February, AACC partnered with the Association of Community College Trustees and Higher Ed for Higher Standards on a report about K-12 and community college collaboration. The writers call on community college presidents and trustees to embrace the higher standards many K-12 school systems have adopted and implement strategies to increase college readiness and success. In this article Dennis Pierce shares three ways community colleges and K-12 school districts can team up to improve college readiness as demonstrated by Seminole State College and the Seminole County Public Schools. These include curriculum alignment, college exposure, and relationship building.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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