Currently, high school students can already work on getting college credit in high school by taking AP courses, as GOOD magazine points out. However, students need to know that just taking an AP course by no means guarantees college credit: Students must take the AP exam and score at a certain level (a 3 or higher).
Even if students complete such course work in the form of college-level classes taught at their high schools or AP courses, a college might still not accept the courses as equivalent. Many colleges and universities have started requiring students to take their own writing courses, regardless of what a student scores on an AP test. While a student is likely to get credit if he or she has taken an actual college course, there’s no universal system for transferring credits earned at one school to another; often, the Dean’s Office makes the decision.
Colleges and universities differ, but just because a student has taken a course in a topic like US History or Calculus or Chemistry in high school doesn’t mean they’ve learned everything about it and can forego that topic. College courses often go far more in-depth and require students to conduct more of their own independent research and analytical work.
On the other hand, more than a few students do start college needing to take remedial classes, especially in topics such as English and math. Some more years of preparation could be helpful and all the more as, students have to pay for the remedial classes in college, but these could be, under LePage’s proposed ideas, covered in public high school.
Come spring of each year, I see so many high school seniors out of class in the morning and wandering around my town, as (in some cases) they’re done with their courses (or, in other cases, cutting class_. Would it be better for students to get started earning college credit instead of just sitting around in their last months of high school? Or after four years, is it simply time for students to say a fare-thee-well to high school and move on?
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