My son went to a school that received an “A” grade from the state of Florida. During fifth grade, his last year as a public school student, his standardized test score significantly dropped. From here he went on to a private school that does not put such an emphasis on a single test.
When my husband was studying for the CPA exams, he prepared for months. He memorized laws and rules and exceptions to those rules. He used flashcards, watched lectures and took simulated exams. He answered thousands of sample test questions.
Preparing for exams is as much about tactic as it is about knowledge. To conquer an exam, people learn to beat the test. They learn strategies. They take courses designed specifically to prepare them for these exams or they study on their own, for the tests.
The series on remedial education at Florida’s colleges by NPR’s StateImpact Florida and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has prompted lots of conversations: Why are so many high school graduates needing remediation in college? Should a high school diploma be a certificate of college readiness -- perhaps only for some students.
We chatted online with StateImpact’s Sarah Gonzalez and FCIR’s Mc Nelly Torres along with a social media audience of students, educators and people interested in education policy.
English teacher Vallet Tucker teaches 10th grade honors students. She says she's not surprised that more than half the students who took Florida's college placement exam in the 2010-2011 school year failed at least one subject.
The series on remedial education exposed what some in the public school system at the secondary and college level already knew: that many students are graduating from high school unprepared for college.