New college readiness standards are sending college professors back to high school. Educators say that's so high school teachers and college instructors can work together to better prepare Texas high school graduates for college level work.
Amarillo College professors are already sitting in Caprock High School classrooms observing and taking notes. That's because educators feel the biggest gap in preparing high school students for college level work is a breakdown in communication between high school teachers and college professors. So right now those professors are visiting classrooms looking at content delivery, terminology, how the class is being taught and finding out if teachers are teaching the materials that are going to help students be ready for college.
"We want them to tell us what areas of weakness, what concepts we are missing, do we need to start covering, what areas of weakness so we can implement that into their course work here." said Counselor Bethany Rose.
According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board more than half of high school graduates are not prepared for college. Once the pilot phase is over the Amarillo Independent School District plans to implement the new curriculum by next fall.
Caprock High is offering other ways for students to avoid wasting time and money taking remedial college courses, some local high school students are opting to participate in a new college readiness program.
Madyson Preble a senior at Caprock high school is planning to become a doctor so she says she was surprised to find out she wasn't ready for college level math.
"I always thought I was good in math but this showed me that math is my weaker subject."
So Madyson is participating in a college remedial program through Amarillo College where she's getting college ready for math.
"It's start out from basic math and then you get on to your Algebra II and your more complex math. " Madyson continues.
The college remedial program is part of a grant Caprock High School received as part of the college readiness program.
"Were trying to prepare students ahead of time that you might have to take remedial classes, so here's something we offer let get these done before college so you don't waste your money and your time when you get to college." Rose continues.
The real goal is for students to avoid remedial courses all together. Madyson says she does think high school and college teachers should be more in tune.
"Would say that I know the teachers can teach it one way, I would say teach it all ways instead of the one way they like the best. Teach it in every way they know how to teach it."
In addition to remedial courses, students are also taught how to succeed in the program by using proper time management, organization and study skills.