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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.

Admissions Officers Challenge Use Of SAT

The New York Times on page a-13 carried a good article on the new report advocating less reliance on SAT for admissions at the annual convention of college admissions officers. The report drafted by the Harvard admissions director said SAT is "incredibly imprecise" and favored students who can afford intensive SAT prep. Most of these charges are not new, but what caught my eye was the support for more college tests based on the high school curriculum. This suggests more k-16 talks and negotiations concerning course content alignment that is badly needed. For example,ACT and SAT1 are not as well aligned as the New York Regents tests are to NY courses like biology and history. But how to handle huge interstate k-12 differences in testing and state content standards will be very dificult.
Are we headed towards top down college advocacy for more uniform national standards?


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