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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.

Data Lacking On College Preparation

States are making slow progress on k-16 data systems according to a new report by The Data Quality Only 15 states collect student level college readiness scores. Only 11 states link data for students across k-12 and postsecondary, and just 10 states regularly report postsecondary data to high schools. High schools do not know if their students are prepared for college. At the high school level only 17 states collect student transcript data.
Four states have all the necessary data elements- AR,DE,Fl, and UT. Data is a first step for accountability in the k-16 system, so we are a long way from an outcomes based college preparation state system.

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