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Educators Undertake To Enhance College and Career Readiness

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It's a double whammy for graduating seniors:  Experts say there's been both a gap -- and an overlap -- in terms of kids not being ready for college or career, especially when it comes to math.  North Dakota educators are seizing what they say is an opportunity to make the transition more seamless.

According to the Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota's K-12 and higher education systems currently lack a smooth path from high school to college-level work.  Students often require remedial courses, which can extend college five or more years.  However, educators say it's not just a "gap" in readiness that must be addressed:


"What we're finding is that there's a lot of overlap between where the high school students are learning the mathematics and what we're teaching in mathematics at the college level," says Dan Leingang, Math Department Chair/Instructor, Bismarck State College.


North Dakota's adoption of Common Core State Standards provides the opportunity to address the gap-overlap issue by bringing together high school and college educators.  But their task also includes ensuring curriculum readies all students -- not just college-bound:

"College and career-ready, meaning, not necessarily going to a four-year college, but being career ready to go into a career right out of high school, if that is something they chose to do," says Michelle Bertsch, Math Instructor, Davies High School, Fargo.

Known as the "Vertical Alignment Project," educators are currently addressing math readiness.  Another session is dealing with English Language Arts. 


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