Editorial / Poll: Education ... another measure of success

Can we really measure high school students' future ability for college?

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We’re always looking for credible yardsticks for the quality of the product of public education.

No single measure fills that bill, though there is an interesting statewide report out on how Florida high-school students go on to fare in Florida colleges.

The class of 2008 from Collier County, records show, had 77 percent earning at least a 2.0 or C average in the freshman year, compared to 70 percent from Lee County schools. The statewide average was 76 percent.

Students from both counties about tied in the 70 percent range on at least Cs on entry-level math in their freshman year.

Collier students earned an 82 percent successful completion rate on freshman composition compared to the statewide 80 percent grade and 78 percent from Lee.

It’s a limited snapshot, and does not take into account students who go to other schools. Still, it is interesting to track how students do with challenges at the next level, where real competition in life gets a start.

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