Students take assessments and tests all the time to gauge their academic progress. But it isn't every day that students have a chance to rate their overall educational experience.
Recently, several 2010 Webster City High School graduates had the opportunity to do just that. School district officials held a pizza party and information gathering session during the holiday break. The former students answered a short survey and shared thoughts on many topics, from the rigor of coursework to harassment and bullying.
The graduates said stronger study skills and better time management would benefit all who plan to attend college. The ability to debate and use critical thinking was important as they entered college, according to the students. Encouraging students to take part in an online course before heading to college was also suggested.
Some graduates said they were glad to have had the opportunity to take college level courses, which allowed them to jump start their college careers.
The Daily Freeman-Journal applauds the district's efforts to assess its strengths and weaknesses from the eyes of its graduates. The student surveys have provided the district with some valuable information. The students offered answers that could help shape how teachers present the curriculum, and how to better prepare young people for a challenging world.