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Is Your Child’s High School Producing College Students?

December 2, 2013
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Most students from minority, low-income and immigrant families do not do as well in school as some others. For years educators and parents have talked about the reasons why this is so.

It is true that children from affluent and educated households tend to do better in school. But the question is: is everything that can be done to improve school performance for all students actually being done?

And of course the answer is no. There is no simple formula for better teaching and better parenting.

One area being looked at is the Advanced Placement courses. These are courses presented at a college level for the better, more motivated students. They offer college credits.

There is a link between taking and passing these courses and being the kind of student that does well in college.

Some high schools are looking at all their students to be sure that they are informed about Advanced Placement courses. And they are offering help to prepare students to take the tests that will place them in those programs.

Many times they are succeeding. The number of students, who were often left out of Advanced Placement and are now taking the tests, is going up. There are the usual concerns. Will courses be made easier so kids can take and pass them? Is there any proven connection between the courses and success in college? Is there enough support for the students so they will be able to succeed?

Finally, there is an understanding that achievement comes from a combination of factors: parents, schools, peers and teachers.

The parent should find out if the high school has an Advanced Placement program. Learn more about it. See if it is right for your child.

Source: The New York Times                                                                                           November 26. 2013

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