National Movement Issues : Public Education

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EDL: 857 DB#7 National Movement Issues Public education has historically attempted to educate more people and make higher education more accessible to all students. Thus local school districts, higher education institutions, states, and the U.S. federal government are increasingly dealing with funding issues. Faced with decreases in additional funding, our focus must be on channeling existing resources toward practices that increase the probability of student success. This includes best educational practices and viewing schools and higher education institutions that affect student performance as part of an inter-related system, not as separate institutions. Today, educators acknowledge that there is no straight line to earning college…show more content…
A research initiative known as the Academic Pathways to Access and Student Success (APASS) identified nine academic pathways (often called high school transition programs or college transitions programs). They are: Advanced Placement, (AP); Bridge Programs, (BP); College Level Examination Programs, (CLEP); Distance Learning/Virtual Learning, (DL/VL); Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment, (DC/DE); General Education Development, (GED); International Baccalaureate, (IB); Early/Middle College High Schools, (EMCHS); Career and Tech Prep, (CTE), (Kim, 2006). While most academic pathways are being implemented initially at the secondary level, partnerships involving high schools and colleges need to move from good intentions to being firmly embedded in organizational and curricular structures that span all levels of the educational system. Ongoing dialogue between the secondary and postsecondary levels is necessary to facilitate successful student transition from high school to college and success in college. This reform movement is driven by the current pathways that exist across the states; dual credit/dual enrollment was recognized as the top priority by 17 states, while officials in 19 states cited an emphasis on a particular pathway. Many others believe that multiple pathways must exist to meet the achievement needs of diverse student populations. Amid all of these pathways, and some detours, educators and
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