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Gaston Caperton on How to Set Education Standards

Question: How does the College Board set academic standards in high schools?

Caperton:    We, over the last few years, established a set of standards for what we call college success, and the way we develop those standards is we took the AAU, which are, as you know, a research of colleges and universities.  We took those standards that they spent 4 years developing and use those as… and those were standards set for what does a kid need to know or student need to know to go to college and succeed, and we took those from the 12th grade and took them down to the 6th grade in Math and English, in which we said if this is what you need to know at the end, what do you need to know after the 6th grade, 7th, and took it all the way up.  And we’ve built, not only have we built the standards but we also have the programs, the curriculum that allows kids to take what would prepare them for those year to year standards, and we call that program SpringBoard, and that program we’ve spent the last three or four years developing, and it also feeds very much into the AP program, which, as you know, is a college level course taught in high school.  We have 37 of those courses.  They are recognized by colleges and universities across the country, and you are given credit for taking those high school courses based upon their grade in 1 to 5, and if you have a 3, 4, 5, you get a credit in college.  So, we’ve really developed those standards, looking at what the AAU standards were and what we believe a student needs to know to be successful to go to college.  I think standards is really a belief in people, believe that all of us have a lot much more capacity and capability than we know, and it takes a good teacher to bring that out.  I think it takes a good leader to bring that out. 

Gaston Caperton explains how the College Board determines what a student will need to succeed in college.

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Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

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  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
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Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

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