Education is the key to a highly skilled workforce. Education of our students provides for future economic growth for individuals and families, our communities and state. It’s a step toward upward mobility. However, college can be expensive and leads to student debt. These are challenges that must be overcome and should be addressed early while the students are still in high school.
Community colleges reduce financial burden, make education accessible and provide career pathways. Dual-credit courses are provided at Richland Springs, but it is a cost-sharing model, with both the school district and students splitting the cost for the dual credit classes, with the school district providing the needed textbooks.
In an effort toward improving College Readiness, data is analyzed at the end of each year which led to the discovery of lagging college readiness scores (SAT, ACT & TSI). The District was transporting all high school students to Central Texas College (CTC) during May each year to take the TSI test in order to qualify for dual credit courses. Only a handful of students scored high enough at a one-shot TSI test in the Math, Reading and Writing portions of the assessment to qualify to enroll in dual credit classes.
This past summer, Richland Springs ISD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CTC allowing the District to give the TSI test locally. Successful dual-enrollment programs begin with strong, collaborative partnerships between community colleges and the local Pre K-12 school system, and require clearly articulated agreements spelling out each entity’s responsibilities. Studies show that 88 percent of community college dual-enrollment students continue on to college after high school. Due to this change in testing locations, students are able to test in an environment that is familiar to them and they have an opportunity to take the tests all at one time, separately, or more than once if necessary. This has increased the District’s enrollment in Dual Credit classes and currently there are 16 students enrolled. Additionally, through this MOU, Richland Springs ISD teachers teach dual credit English and Algebra classes locally.
We have a great community, students, teachers and staff. It looks to be a great year at Richland Springs.
Community involvement is the key to our success!
Friday, April 13 is a student Holiday with no classes. Classes resume Monday April 16.
Tuesday, April 17 Enchilada Dinner at 6:00 P.M. in the Cafetorium with Cinderfella Contest to follow