I’m skeptical about this idea:
Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
Students who pass but aspire to attend a selective college may continue with college preparatory courses in their junior and senior years, organizers of the new effort said. Students who fail the 10th grade tests, known as board exams, can try again at the end of their 11th and 12th grades. The tests would cover not only English and math but other subjects like science and history.
I think this is far too narrow a view of the educational process. There are developmental issues involved including physical, psychological, and social that go beyond mastery of certain subjects.
At 16 most kids are still growing intellectually, physically, psychologically, and socially and that’s something that only takes place with the passage of time. Are community colleges really prepared to address the problems of a flock of immature adolescents? I mean a flock more immature than those they’re already handling.
I entered college at 17 after a full four year high school program (I skipped 7th grade). I don’t think I was mature enough for college and would have profited more by it if I’d had that extra year. Heck, I don’t think I was mature enough at 16 to do an adequate job of picking what college I should attend.