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(via The Baltimore Sun) Teachers hang their college pennants in elementary school hallways to influence the goals of 10-year-olds. Field trips to college campuses start as early as middle school. And half of all high school graduates in the state now take Advanced Placement courses to get college credit. The message Maryland schools send to all students — no matter their interests or talents — has been: Get a college degree.
But the expensive schools overhaul known as the Kirwan Commission recommendations, which the General Assembly is considering, could change the “college for all” thinking.
The reason: Despite pushing Maryland students toward college, just 39% of those who completed high school in 2010 finished a degree by age 25, according to information from the Maryland Longitudinal Data System.
The Kirwan proposal calls for redesigning high school to create two paths for advanced students: one a high-level academic track full of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; and the other through career and technology programs. CONTINUE READING