Last week, the results of how students did on our new state tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics were released. For me, these results are an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on why we even have a new state test. With this in mind, I’d like to share with you why I support the improvements Colorado has made in the last several years.
I graduated from my Colorado high school 3rd in my class with a 4.36 G.P.A. I was excited to dig into my studies in college. I was shocked when I needed to take remedial classes because I wasn’t ready for college-level courses. How could this be? I was a good student. I excelled in high school. What I know now is that I wasn’t alone then and still today way too many Colorado students head to college and end up paying to catch up.
Colorado has taken big steps toward changing this dynamic by taking a hard look at what students need to truly be prepared. They raised expectations and developed new, smarter tests to help pinpoint where students are on track and where they may need more help to get there. As the parent of middle- and high-school students, there’s a lot to worry about. But, at least, I don’t have to worry that when my children walk across that stage on graduation day, they will be prepared for college!
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The results released this week showed us that we still have a way to go to ensure students are prepared. We have taken critical first steps in that direction. These new scores represent the baseline that our students will grow from.