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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.

High School Graduation Requirements Increase; But Does It Matter?

Ed week reports that states increased the number of math and science credits needed for the high school diploma from an average of 2.2 years of math and 2.0 years of science in 1989 to 3.0 years of math and 2.7 of acience in 2006. This is in Ed weeks special issue on STEM in March. This increase is impressive , but remember it is the content and skills in the course labels that counts. Numerous studies show that merely changing or increasing the number of math course titles does not do much to increase student outcomes. Studies by Cal-Pass in Ca. show math course content is all over the map in Ca. secondary schools- contact

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