CONCLUSION


As California’s workforce and economy demand more educated workers over the next decade, the state’s ability to maintain or increase the educational attainment of its population will depend heavily on its gateway institutions to higher education: the California Community Colleges. High school students need to understand that being admitted to a community college is not the same as being prepared academically to succeed in college-level courses. The state chancellor’s strategic plan for the community colleges recognizes the importance of linking high school assessments and community college placement exams. It is time to advance an educational agenda that is both statewide and systematic in its approach—to improve student success and increase the educational attainment of California’s population.


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