At first, I was confused by this press release (full text at the bottom) from Senator Barefoot, who sat on the General Assembly’s Common Core Legislative Research Committee.
At first I wondered, how is the General Assembly going to direct community colleges “to develop a program that introduces college developmental mathematics and developmental reading and English courses into high school curriculums during the senior year.” when North Carolina’s K-12 standards (Common Core) are under review for replacement??
I also wondered, what does that term “developmental” mean??
And from this press release, it occurred to me that it looks like SB 561 is a higher ed version of Read To Achieve?
“Senate Bill 561 requires students who do not meet certain ACT score and GPA requirements to take college developmental mathematics, reading and English courses during their senior year of high school”
The idea seems to be to alleviate remediation, yet what this really looks like to me is giving remediation a new “developmental” name. What happens if the student still falls short after taking the ‘developmental’ class?
Then I realized, perhaps some one out there sees the Common Core train wreck coming down the tracks? So if at first they don’t succeed, give them another bite at the apple? Is this another round of bar lowering in order to save face and look good for federal reporting?
If Senator Barefoot reads this, I hope he knows the ACT, GED, SAT and all NC EOG’s are Common Core aligned. If the kids aren’t passing these tests, it may not be their fault.
Senator Chad Barefoot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Naisbitt
April 30, 2015
Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Career and College Ready Graduates
Raleigh – Senate Bill 561 entitled, “Career and College Ready Graduates,” passed the North Carolina Senate with unanimous approval this week. The bill directs the State Board of Community Colleges, in consultation with the State Board of Education, to develop a program that introduces college developmental mathematics and developmental reading and English courses into high school curriculums during the senior year.
The Community College system estimates that 52% of students who graduated from high school and immediately enrolled in community college were required to take one or more remedial courses. Of those students, 41% were required to take a remedial math course and 36% were required to take remedial reading and English.
“In today’s economy, the skills gap is growing, not shrinking,” said Senator Chad Barefoot (R-Wake), the primary sponsor of the bill. “It is more important than ever that when our students graduate from high school, they graduate proficient in math and reading.”
Senate Bill 561 requires students who do not meet certain ACT score and GPA requirements to take college developmental mathematics, reading and English courses during their senior year of high school. The courses will be offered by the high school, and in partnership with the local community college, and will allow students to fulfill senior mathematics and English graduation requirements. Students who successfully complete the course will not be required to also enroll in developmental courses at a North Carolina community college upon entry.
“Requiring students to be remediation free when they graduate from high school makes common sense. This bill will give our students the opportunity to enter their career or their college better prepared and with confidence.”
Senate Bill 561 now heads to the House of Representatives.
Here is a link to view the bill: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/PDF/S561v2.pdf
Here is a link to view the bill summary: http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/Dashboard/Chamber/Services/ BillSummary.aspx?sSessionCode=2015&sBarcode=S561-SMTC-47(e2)