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Does every Florida high school student really need to prove college readiness?



Some north Florida school districts are questioning the need to make sure that every high school student is ready to enter college.

Not everyone is headed to college, they reason.

“I believe we should have some standard expectations for students going to college, but for students who have no desire to go to college … (the current law) flies in to the face of common sense,” Santa Rosa superintendent Tim Wyrosdick told the Northwest Florida Daily News

His concern is that the state still requires students who don't score high enough on the FCAT reading and math tests to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test, or PERT. If they don't perform well on that exam, they are sent to specific English and math high school courses to catch up, so they can avoid remedial work in college.

Wyrosdick and others are asking for a change in the law, but haven't seen much action yet.

What's your take? Should all high school students be college ready, regardless of their plans?

[Last modified: Monday, March 5, 2012 4:07pm]


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