High school transition programs post anemic results

In an attempt to make more high school students ready for college, transition programs have been instituted (“High school transition programs have mixed success in improving college readiness,” brookings.edu, Aug. 31).  But they have done little in achieving their objective.

That’s not at all surprising.  Remediation in high school is way too late.  It needs to begin much earlier.  But even then, it’s important to get real about what it can accomplish.  So much of a students’ potential is determined by factors outside the classroom.  That’s why achievement has been found to be inordinately affected by socioeconomic factors.

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