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But with that boom comes concern. Paredes said the six year graduation rate for Texas institutions of higher education is about 56 percent. Without Texas A and the University of Texas, that rate drops to about 50 percent.

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He said one major reason students drop out of college is because they weren ready in the first place. students who needed remedial courses in college had a B average in high school, he said. He also cited a survey of college faculty who believe only 20 percent of their students came prepared for the rigor of college.

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And by high school, he said he believes every student should be required to take college prep curriculum.

have parents tell me they want their child to have an easy and fun senior year, she said. exactly the opposite of what they need. They need that high level of rigor for when they enter that first year of college. his concerns, Paredes said he believes progress has been made since Texas began the the Gap Initiative 10 years ago. Since then, he said:

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n enrollment growth is evident, with 400,000 more enrolled in higher education institutions than in 2000.

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need more early childhood education and mentors for parents about how to establish a rich cognitive environment for their children, he said.

Just more than half of Texas college students will graduate in six years, a dropout rate Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes calls as severe as the high school graduation rates garnering Omega Seamaster 300 James Bond

And that rigor should start early, he said, noting that children who fall behind early almost never catch up. said a student who reads below grade level in the third grade has a 10 percent chance of going to college.

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those new standards. tests will replace the TAKS test graduation requirement.

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He said that a major concern when the latest economic trends reveal that the biggest income gap is no longer between degreed or non degreed students. Now, the largest income discrepancy is those with bachelor degrees and advanced degrees. said 60 percent to 90 percent of all fast growing, well paying jobs will require some kind of degree.

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n The number of high school graduates in Texas who are has risen from 18 percent to 22 percent.

for our children are ridiculously low, Paredes said.

attention across the state.

Some colleges have graduation rates low as 15, 20, 25 percent, Paredes said.

do you prepare people for a future like that? he asked. only way is to insist every child gets a solid academic foundation and prepare them for a lifetime of continuous education. Ashby, associate superintendent for instruction for the Abilene Independent School District, said she agrees that academic standards should be more rigorous.

because we expect every student who graduates from high school to go to college, but we want every student to have Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black the opportunity, he said. they decide to go later, they will still have that opportunity because they have that academic foundation. said students in high school now will change careers not just jobs an average of four times.

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are expecting larger growth when we get data for 2010 close to the end of fall semester, he said. getting better, but we not getting better fast enough.

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75 percent.

Paredes shared his concerns Monday at the annual Abilene Regional P 16 Council Fall Summit, which drew about 150 educators from around the Big Country who hope to create a smooth educational experience from pre kindergarten through college graduation.

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