Report: 28% of HS Grads Not Ready for College

Students Standardized TestingLast week, ACT News issued a report about the current state of ACT-tested high school graduates. The recent results reveal that, although there are slight gains for the third year in a row, close to 3 out of 10 graduated students are still not fully prepared to enter college this fall.

United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan noted, “American students are making incremental progress toward being ready to complete college-level work, but there’s still significant work to be done.”

On top of this study, there is the ongoing debate regarding whether or not standardized testing is actually the best way to gauge just how prepared a student might be for college. In a related report, Time magazine revealed that while the English and math sections of the ACT were appropriate indicators for college success, other sections, such as science and reading, have little to no ability to so. Certain sections of the test, that aren’t necessarily relevant to a student’s abilities, could be affecting a student’s average which ultimately affects the decision many universities make.

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Do you think standardized tests are an accurate indication of student preparedness for college? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

6 responses to “Report: 28% of HS Grads Not Ready for College

  1. I think there should be more rewards for children in K-12 who excel. Something that is more tangible than just a grade. Many grow up not understanding what it will be like in their future without good grades.
    There needs to be a way to motivate them on their level. It’s really for the good of our society as a whole to have as many fully functioning employees as possible. We are no longer an assembly line culture, where just anyone can make a decent living.

  2. When they say that 28% of grads “not ready for college” are they expecting that all high school grads will be? Many people don’t go to college. Is this really a problem?

    What Denise said is true — we no longer live in an assembly line culture. But there are still many fields where apprenticeship is the preferred career path (i.e. most trades).

    When you consider that over 1/2 of the people surveyed aren’t working in the same field as their college major anyway, you might further question the true value of that sheepskin.

    The REAL value is preparing kids to take personal responsibility for life-long learning. The reality is that even if they do end up going to college and getting a job in the field they majored in, within about five years everything changes. We ALL have to continuous learn and grow.

  3. To offer a personal opinion, I don’t believe that tests should be the deciding factor in an admissions office. I am not the greatest test taker myself. Both of my SAT and ACT scores were less than stellar, despite my proven academic success up to that point. Nevertheless, I was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley, found myself as adequately prepared as anyone else, and was able to graduate with an excellent GPA.

  4. I wish we could just take the money we use to support prisoners and put even just half in our students…not everyone can be judged by SAT’s…each child should be able to find and nuture their gifts and go through school as they do that…not as a system wants them to be.

    Keep up the good work on this blog…fabulous info!

  5. Absolutely!

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