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Arizona high-school program expands
Arizona Republic [Phoenix,AZ], by Mary Beth Faller

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 9/26/2012 6:25:08 AM

Arizona is expanding its Move On When Ready initiative, a program in which high schools reward achievement by allowing students to graduate after two years.(snip) Move On When Ready, passed by the Legislature in 2010, is an effort to boost education based on performance, not "seat time." Participating schools teach an intense curriculum that includes end-of-course examinations. After two years, sophomores who pass the exams can graduate with a Grand Canyon diploma.

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Interesting. The typical high school curriculum seems pretty easy, why not let motivated kids finish early, and go to trade school or college to learn real world skills?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 9/26/2012 7:22:22 AM     (No. 8890705)

Our son finished his last two years of high school at the local community college and earned dual credits toward High School and College both. He graduated from High School and earned an associate degree in the same week. Some kids are ready to move on much earlier than others. This sounds like a great program!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 9/26/2012 7:30:53 AM     (No. 8890717)

You mean being forced to endure the full four years alongside pilled-up, ADD delinquents might not be the optimal course of action for bright and talented students?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 9/26/2012 7:34:16 AM     (No. 8890724)

In Ohio it was impossible (or nearly so) for kids to graduate from high school early. Although it was easy enough to get most of the necessary credits in two years, English required four full years of courses (no, you couldn't meet the requirements in summer school).

We finally managed to get around that when the state began to allow high school credit for college courses. My kids were able to take a few college level English courses to meet the high school requirements.

They graduated at the end of their sophomore year with a full year of college credit. Now that's a real 'head start" program.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 9/26/2012 8:52:54 AM     (No. 8890845)

Once again, AZ leads the way. Watch out, California -- you'll lose your status as trend-setter if you're not careful.

What could be wrong with actually holding both students and teachers accountable to high standards of excellence? Ask any liberal and she will give you a dozen reasons why this is bad, none of which have to do with improving the knowledge base of the children or the teachers.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nonsense, 9/26/2012 8:55:42 AM     (No. 8890849)

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity education program. Arizona parents who like this program had better vote Republican or it will disappear under the Demonrat Race to the Top equality for everyone academic masterplan.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 9/26/2012 9:08:45 AM     (No. 8890871)

#4, I agree. I wish that high schools did more on the vocational side. Back in the old days, the 80's, when I was in school, a kid could graduate hs and get a job as an electrician or plumber. That student spent the hs years getting training in a job that would support him/ her. Now that kid has no skills, but he graduates knowing America sucks.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Maybeth, 9/26/2012 9:09:42 AM     (No. 8890873)

It's uplifting to read of such programs during these times when we hear of massive incompetency in America's classrooms. Huge applause for Arizona, a state which has become a shining example for other states interested in the encouragement of educational prominence.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: gmholler, 9/26/2012 9:36:19 AM     (No. 8890946)

This is nice if the interest was sincerely in helping the KIDS, but I suspect it will become more of a status-symbol kind of thing for the parents ("MY Johnny finished high school early") where sooner or later for a price ANY kid can get into the program...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LadyVet, 9/26/2012 10:09:42 AM     (No. 8891030)

Newt Gingrich once said that the last two years of high school was a taxpayer funded dating service, that most kids could finish up H.S. in two years or less if they were motivated. However, the teachers' unions are not going to like this movement.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jimmiet, 9/26/2012 10:26:07 AM     (No. 8891088)

The high schools will be left with great football and basketball teams for years... and years.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: avmermaid, 9/26/2012 10:28:45 AM     (No. 8891095)

Good for Arizona! "Oh, but she'll miss prom and the other important social aspects of high school," was what was told to us. Since they wouldn't allow me to graduate early, we pushed and I became one of the first high school students in Wisconsin to take college courses 43 years ago.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: toddh, 9/26/2012 11:49:07 AM     (No. 8891308)

This is great news. But I fear that colleges will find ways to ignore or invalidate such earned credits.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: anotherctyankee, 9/26/2012 1:33:28 PM     (No. 8891543)

My granddaughter took college credit courses in high school and graduated from college in 3 years. Although the courses in high school were paid by the parent, they were not as costly as they would have been at the actual college.

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