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ERIC Number: EJ792506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
High-Stakes Sandwich: Don't Build School-College Collaboration on More Tests
Sacks, Peter
Connection: New England's Journal of Higher Education and Economic Development, v16 n2 p29-30 Fall 2001
Higher education authorities are embracing the latest movement in education known as "P-16." Its proponents argue that colleges have operated too long as a separate realm from America's public schools. As a result, many high school graduates are not properly prepared for college, despite the unrelenting national push in public schools for rigorous standards and tougher tests. That standards gap, the P-16 proponents contend, is burdening colleges with too much remedial training and forcing ill-prepared students to drop out of college. Proponents of the P-16 idea say it is time for states to link their higher education, preschool and K-12 systems by aligning college admissions standards with high school graduation standards. Dozens of states have embarked on collaborative P-16 initiatives. In this article, the author argues that policymakers fall into a trap by insisting that achieving alignment of standards between schools and colleges depends on expanding the use of high-stakes tests. The writer maintains that significant educational damage is being wrought by the accountability movement in American schools and that upping the stakes on high school graduation exams could actually harm both academic quality and fairness in higher education. Creating stronger relationships between public schools and higher education should not, in the author's opinion, be about the alignment of academic standards between the two realms, but about engaging young people in the value of an intellectual life and a love of learning that will enable them to succeed both as students and as citizens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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