History of the GED:
- Language Arts, Writing
- Language Arts, Reading
- Social Studies
History of the GED:
I have recently been reading a number of articles about our President’s new call to higher education, asking every American to pursue some form of education beyond high school. Which has led me to to some research on standardized testing and college placement exams. In the next few posts I would like to share some of what I have learned about these tests.
Advanced placement courses were introduced in 1955, in just over 100 schools nationwide, as a way for high school students to take more challenging classes that would prepare them for college. The advanced placement exams are now offered in over 15,000 schools across the U.S.. There are currently 34 advanced placement courses available including calculus, English, several foreign languages, physics, economics, biology, economics, and psychology. Each test currently costs about $86 but there are a number of grants available for low income students.
In order for the student to get credit for the AP course they must score at least a 3 out of 5 points. These scores may be reported to colleges to provide them with information about a students educational abilities. Most students who take AP courses take more than one and often take them in their junior and senior years of high school. It is proven that students who are encouraged to take AP courses and do well will continue on to college.
There have been some criticism about the AP testing and courses not being as fair, or as available, to lower income students, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
College Boards have taken an interest in auditing and overseeing the AP courses to insure they are held to a higher standard than national standardized testing. These courses are designed to be more challenging, prepare students for college, and reward them for taking their education seriously.
The best time to start talking to your children about their college education is in early childhood. Studies show that if a child knows up front from the beginning what is expected of them they will strive to meet those expectations. Education is important from day one. Starting to talk about college in their junior or senior year of high school is not going to let them know that it is important to you and it is expected of them. By the time they are in high school they should be preparing for college by studying for and taking their SAT’s, researching colleges, applying for scholarships, and even taking college courses while they are still in high school. The questions should not be should I attend college or not? It needs to be which college should I attend? which will work better for me a college or a university? and what am I going to major in?