This Week and Mid-Winter Notes

by Coy Holcombe.  

I hope everyone had a great weekend. The activities for this week include:

Monday – UIL realignment announced at 9:00 AM. Tweets will be sent out when we know the results. Check our homepage for updates.

Tuesday – HS basketball at Kemp; Soccer vs Quinlan; Softball scrimmage at Malakoff

Thursday – MS basketball – Girls at Van, boys host Van – games start at 5:00

Friday –  FFA blood drive; HS Basketball hosts Wills Point; Soccer vs. Lindale; Softball Scrimmage at Rains

Saturday – UIL Solo & Ensemble

One of the speakers that I heard at Mid-Winter was Dr. Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education Commissioner, who spoke on improving postsecondary readiness. Below are some of the points from his speech:

  • One of the major obstacles is that K-12 has a different set of expectations than higher education.
  • College and Career Readiness Standards are being developed. Once they are finished, they need to be adopted by local boards, implemented by local districts, and curriculum needs to be aligned.
  • Between 20% & 25% of high demand jobs don’t even exist yet.
  • Students in high school today will change careers about 4 times during their life (not jobs, but careers).
  • 60%-90% of high paying/high demand jobs will require some type of postsecondary preparation.
  • There is a need for development of more dual credit courses. These courses must be at the level of a college course.
  • Key areas that need to be addressed
    • Implement college readiness standards and use models for cooperation between K-12 and higher education. The key is faculty talking with one another.
    • Preparation of teachers – best universities train the fewest teachers
    • Remedial and developmental education – students that start or fall behind almost never catch up; if you have to take a developmental math class in college, you have an 11% chance of ever passing the credit level math course with a grade of C or better.

 

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