May 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- East San Diego County high school teachers and their former students will join together Wednesday, May 30, 2012, to highlight a daylong symposium on changes made to better prepare high school students for college.
A panel presentation by Grossmont Union High School District English teachers and past graduates is set for 8:45 a.m. in Griffin Gate at Grossmont College. The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. symposium is expected to draw more than 100 teachers sharing changes made this past year as part of the English Curriculum Alignment Project. ECAP is a project of the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS), the institute for Evidence-Based change (IEBC) and the Grossmont Union High School District.
The ECAP project uses student data and close collaboration between high school and college instructors to link coursework to ensure high-schoolers are ready for the reading, writing and critical thinking expected at the college level. The program has been in effect for more than six years at a number of East San Diego County high schools.
In a time of tightening education budgets, IEBC/Cal-PASS, working statewide to facilitate K-16 collaboration, helps save money by making sure that students are prepared as they transition from elementary to middle school, high school and beyond. Using Cal-PASS data, educators can determine the answers to important questions, such as: How do my students do when they leave my class? Were they well prepared? Are changes in curriculum necessary to improve preparation?