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Transitional courses paying off at East Carter High School

Courtney Martin discusses The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie with sophomore Clayton Salyers during her critical thinking class at East Carter High School. Students were reading books dealing with addiction and discussing how it is a community problem. Photo by Amy Wallot, Oct. 17, 2013

Courtney Martin discusses The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie with sophomore Clayton Salyers during her critical thinking class at East Carter High School. Students were reading books dealing with addiction and discussing how it is a community problem.
Photo by Amy Wallot, Oct. 17, 2013

 

By Susan Riddell
susan.riddell@education.ky.gov

Considering Kentucky’s recent passing of the graduation bill, Senate Bill 97, you wouldn’t expect to see school faculty happy for students who leave a classroom before a course has ended.

But that’s the case for a handful of classes at East Carter High School (Carter County), where students who exit transitional courses before the year are much closer to being ready and prepared for college opportunities.

“Transitional courses have made a significant difference in our state accountability, college- and career-readiness (CCR) and graduation rates,” guidance counselor Sheila Porter said. “I think that students are realizing the importance of their classroom work and assessment scores.”

Since a transitional course emphasis has been in place at the school –11 classes spread across varying grade levels in all – East Carter High has been earned a Distinguished classification on state accountability and earned increases in its CCR rate (80.4 percent) and a graduation rate (98.3 percent). Read the full story

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Smooth transition

Jana Odom helps students with an assignment about origin stories during her English 4 transitional class at Somerset High School (Somerset Independent)  March 10, 2011.  Photo by Amy Wallot
Jana Odom helps students with an assignment about origin stories during her English 4 transitional class at Somerset High School (Somerset Independent)
March 10, 2011.
Photo by Amy Wallot

Courses help students
prepare for college curriculum

By Susan Riddell
susan.riddell@education.ky.gov

Jana Odom, an English teacher at Somerset High School (Somerset Independent) said she feels more comfortable sending students off to college if they have participated in a transitional course while still in high school.

“This program enables students to develop skills they need for college work while remaining in the ‘safer’ environment of high school,” Odom said. “It is a frightening thing to enter a new phase of life. This fear is somewhat tempered when one knows what to expect. I feel better about sending these students to college knowing that they are more prepared for the expectations of undergraduate coursework.” Read the full story

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