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To some high school students college is a mystery It is something often discussed in high school classrooms in terms of how it is something they need to do after graduation and how important it is for their future that they get a higher education In the high school classroom all the focus is on the here and now making sure the students are getting grades just high enough to pass the state graduation test What students dont realize is that while their marks are high enough to graduate those same marks will mean having to take additional college courses to bring their basic skills up to the basic college level This is why a closer relationship is needed between high schools and college institutions It is still needed that high school students be required to pass a state mandated graduation test before being allowed to receive their diploma Ideally this would assure that graduates have the basic skills needed to move on to college level coursework What college administrators are finding is that more incoming freshmen than ever are having to take remedial courses before beginning their basic coursework When addressing this problem both sides are quick to blame the other for their shortcomings The high schools blame the colleges for setting their standards too high while the colleges claim high schools are allowing students to graduate without basic academic skills Both are correct in their accusations There are no national standards set about what skills a student needs to have before graduating instead it falls to each individual state to set their own standards This causes problems in that there is no consistency in what is required of high school graduates What is required in Ohio may not meet the standards set by the graduation test in California The same can also be said for the differences in college admission standards with no two institutions having the same criteria for admission All the
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