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Is the SAT a good measure of College Readiness

Original post made by Parent, Palo Alto High School, on Sep 29, 2012

I am interested in asking parents of recent PAUSD grads about how they feel about this in light of this report Web Link

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Posted by Stressed?
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

One of the most important things a parent can do is to be supportive without adding unnecessary pressure. The kids already have more than enough pressure in this area. Help them understand their objectives and let them attend a community college the first year if that's what it takes for them to make up their minds about where they want to go next and/or what field of study they want to pursue. Let's bear in mind that there are some lesser-known colleges that are actually more highly rated in certain subject areas than some of the most highly-rated (overall) universities. As for me, I give MUCH more importance to actual learning than the establishment granting the degree. That being said, a kid can still graduate from a top school having started in a community college (or another college), and in some cases do much better if given the time & space to develop a plan for the future with less pressure from others.

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Posted by Jan H.
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Probably not the best measure of college readiness, but I don't think we have any better indication at this time, other than parents' and teachers' observations.

We were fortunate in that our son had a very caring counsellor at Paly who thought he would do best to start off at a Ccommunity College, take his time, then transfer as a junior to a four-year college. Today he is a successful adult, unlike many, many of the kids in his graduating class who dropped out of college because "it was too much like Paly".

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