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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

Anecdotally, I have heard of situations where some of our grads decided to move back home and go to Foothills or are struggling on at college not able to focus on academics with all the other changes in life that college brings. There is a cliche around here that college is easy after Paly or Gunn, but is that really true? Is the system here really working well for our kids?

I am sure that there are many excellent students who did well at high school and are doing equally well at college. I am more interested in hearing about those who found middle and high school a struggle to keep up with the best, and wonder if they are still finding college a struggle.

Also, I am wondering about whether they are socially ready for college life now that they have left the security of homelife.

If they are struggling either academically or socially, is there something you would recommend to current high school parents as a preparation for college that you wish you would have done differently.

Thank you.

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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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