Many states focusing on high school seniors’ college readiness

Academic leaders at high schools across the country are focusing on making sure seniors are ready for college by adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

According to a report published by the Center on Education Policy, the CCSS will help students in their senior year of high school prepare for college-level courses. Many experts agree that the CCSS is a step in the right direction, but most states will not implement the new rules until the 2014-2015 academic year.

College readiness is something that many state officials are taking seriously. According to The New York Times, many students leave high school unprepared for the extra work and harder course content of some degree programs. Eric Addams told the news source he wasn't prepared for how different college work would be from high school assignments when he went to a private college in Massachusetts.

"[Schools are] saying they’re going to prepare you for college, so they should prepare you in all ways, academically and socially," Addams told the news source. "They weren’t really even preparing us to handle the course load."

If you're considering filling out college applications, enrolling in Advanced Placement classes can be a great way to experience what college courses are really like before you leave high school. If you're concerned about the workload at college, discuss it with your college adviser or friends and family members who have taken college classes already. 

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