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Dr. Michael W. Kirst

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969.
Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004.

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My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.

States Collaborate to Create A Common Algebra Test

One of the reasons for poor college preparation and completion is the misalignment between mathematics content in high school with mathematics content in postsecondary education. Students complete Algebra 1 and 2 , but still end up in college remediation. College math placement tests are not aligned with state high school assessments. High school course content is all over the map, so aligning with college math is difficult.
Achieve has created the largest group of states ever to develop a common assessment for algebra 2 based on common curriculum Nine states are in the consortium for a common end of course assessment. Field testing is October 2007and the test will be operational in 2008. Achieve will work with these nine states to align the common high school course content with college first year math courses and placement exams.

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