Only 31% of 2011 ACT tested students meet all four benchmarks of success in college.
89% of high school instructors claim their students are college-ready; 26% of college instructors claim their students arrived in a state of college-readiness.
Highly questionable grading practices:
- The practice of giving zeroes (in the 100 point system) for work not turned in. (At N-K, we are implementing W.I.N. time as one method to ensure students complete and submit all assigned work; we are also implementing a re-do/re-take policy that allows students to re-assess for a better grade.)
- The practice of giving extra credit.
- This is typically used to mitigate the negative effect of incomplete work or low grades on regularly assigned work.
- The practice of combining academic understanding with citizenship and work habits.
- Doing so destroys the validity of the assessments/assignments
- The practice of averaging.
- By definition, this means the combining of unlike elements. In N-K's new system that eliminates the averaging of two quarter grades and a semester test grade, if a teacher continues averaging grades at the classroom level this produces equally inaccurate measures of learning and mastery.
- The "Semester Killer".
- Homework policies that discourage the completion of late/missing work.
- This happens when a student earns a zero for late/missing work, and life moves on.
- Instead, if all work that teachers assign was important enough to assign, then it's important for all students to do it. Therefore, when a student does NOT turn in work, there must be an immediate response (which is one of the main goals of N-K's W.I.N. time)