May 16, 2007
The new study found 74 percent of students after taking four years of prep classes still were not prepared to enter a college classroom.
After four years of English and three years of math, science and social studies, students should be ready, but ACT said only a fourth are.
The study was based on more than a million seniors who took the ACT college admissions test last year. Researchers then predicted how successful students' first year of college would be, specifically if students could score a ‘C’ or higher in introductory courses. They found only 26 percent fared well.
The reports said taking these core classes are still the best choice, but now it's just not enough.
Researchers also report students who aren't ready are more likely not to go to college, take remedial classes their first year in college, and not earn a college degree.
As a solution, ACT said schools need to raise the difficulty level in the core classes.
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