Monday, January 30, 2012

Are Exit Exams Next?

The White House followed up the State of the Union speech with the following bit of PR:
The Race to the Top: College Affordability and Completion will promote change in state
systems of higher education. The President is proposing a program that would spur systemic
state reforms to reduce costs for students and promote success in our higher education system
at public colleges. This $1 billion investment would incentivize states to:

o Revamp the structure of state financing for higher education.
o Align entry and exit standards with K-12 education and colleges to facilitate on-time
completion.
o Maintain adequate levels of funding for higher education in order to address important
long-term causes of cost growth at the public institutions that serve two-thirds of fouryear college students.
The Race to the Top for College Affordability and Completion would incentivize governors
and state legislatures around the nation to act on spurring this innovative reform. Through
cost-saving measures like redesigning courses and making better use of education technology,
institutions can keep costs down to provide greater affordability for students.
Writing for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader's "Not District Policy' blog, Josh Verges points to the similarities between Governor Duagaard's proposals and President Obama's and Secretary of Education:s Arne Duncan's Race To The Top plan.

I have a sinking feelig that we'll hear a plan for exit exams as part of graduation requirements and teacher evaluation plans during next year's legislative session.

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