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ACT: 1-in-3 high school graduates unready for college math, science or writing courses
Washington Post ^

Posted on 08/21/2013 1:23:25 PM PDT by JeffAdams_MI

WASHINGTON — Almost a third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data the testing company released Wednesday.

The company’s annual report also found a gap between students’ interests now and projected job opportunities when they graduate, adding to the dire outlook for the class of 2013.

“The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired,” said Jon Erickson, president of the Iowa-based company’s education division.

The ACT reported that 31 percent of all high school graduates tested were not ready for any college coursework requiring English, science, math or reading skills. The other 69 percent of test takers met at least one of the four subject-area standards.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: education; highschool; public; schools; science; unions; writing

1 posted on 08/21/2013 1:23:25 PM PDT by JeffAdams_MI
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To: JeffAdams_MI

And therefore ripe for brainwashing


2 posted on 08/21/2013 1:26:48 PM PDT by stanne
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To: JeffAdams_MI

In some school districts, I suspect that percentage would be closer to 80.


3 posted on 08/21/2013 1:28:21 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: JeffAdams_MI
I'm reminded of a comic strip (Dilbert, IIRC) in which the character is checking out at a store; the cashier says, "That will be $4.87, so out of $5 your change is 13 cents", to which he replies, "Here, I'll give you $5.12 to make it easy".

This is followed by the cashier looking at him in utter confusion.

4 posted on 08/21/2013 1:28:45 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: JeffAdams_MI
Here's a quote from the article's comments section:

"With 5% of blacks, and 25% average... it makes you wonder if the scores would be significantly different if they didn't go to school at all. Time to scrap the glorified babysitting service and build a different system."

5 posted on 08/21/2013 1:28:50 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: JeffAdams_MI

But they all get blue ribbons for participating.

The liberal end-game finally comes to fruition.

The good news is that these yahoos will be working for the kids who have been homeschooled.


6 posted on 08/21/2013 1:29:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (US Military's anti-Christianity: Moral slavery is slavery nonetheless)
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To: JeffAdams_MI

1 in 3?

That many?

Guess the NEA didn’t have the chance to complete the job of total libralification (copyright pending) of our society.


7 posted on 08/21/2013 1:30:38 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: JeffAdams_MI

This is quite bleak news, as generally only those who are planning to go on to college might take the ACT test. So presumably those taking it would be somewhat further along than those who don’t take it, IMHO.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 1:30:58 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: JeffAdams_MI

I don’t think more than 8-10% of 18 year olds are intelligent enough to benefit from college, so “more than 1/3 being unprepared” is like, DUH.


9 posted on 08/21/2013 1:35:17 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: JeffAdams_MI

The sad reality is that America has been dumbed down and is in decline. Massive amounts of expenditures have been futile and cannot compensate for a decline in character and values.


10 posted on 08/21/2013 1:36:37 PM PDT by allendale
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To: JeffAdams_MI
“Unready for college work”? Isn’t that a bit of an understatement? Half of today’s 20 year olds can’t even read a high school diploma...even if it’s their own.
11 posted on 08/21/2013 1:50:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: JeffAdams_MI

My 13 y/o granddaughter (referenced in the tag) scored high on the ACT verbal test recently. She also seems to be able to write as well as most college freshmen. Homeschooling daughter is now getting her oldest pumped up on math. It’s a beautiful thing.


12 posted on 08/21/2013 2:00:02 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I know a college professor who can’t read his own Ph.D. diploma...but that’s because he went to Princeton and the diploma is in Latin.


13 posted on 08/21/2013 2:00:08 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: JeffAdams_MI

Will the students be ready for professors who write in cursive?


14 posted on 08/21/2013 2:01:00 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: JeffAdams_MI

I graduated in 1974 and wanted to take a VERY high-technical fiber optics course at RPI back in 2000 [I’m in telecom]. It was an accelerated course with competitive selective entry - and they wanted BOTH current ACTs AND SATs. So, I took the tests, but did not study for them.

Scored 34 on ACT, 1450 on SAT - I guess I DID get a good education after all ...


15 posted on 08/21/2013 2:09:27 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: allendale
The sad reality is that America has been dumbed down and is in decline. Massive amounts of expenditures have been futile and cannot compensate for a decline in character and values.

That being said, you can't expect today's students to do any better than their parents. This process of dumbing down has been slouching along toward the abyss for nearly fifty years, http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/pages/reviews4.html.

The next time you visit friends, look around and see if you can spot any intellectually challenging reading material in evidence. Are your friend's children even present or are they zoned out, playing video games? While your at it, check your own kids and see what they are reading or are they spending all their free time on their computer? How much of that time is spent on "Social Networking", tweeting, texting? Any chance that a serious thought might intrude into their cocoon like existence?

Regards,
GtG

16 posted on 08/21/2013 2:17:28 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: JeffAdams_MI

yes but they feel good about themselves and believe in equality of outcome.


17 posted on 08/21/2013 2:30:08 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Jim Noble

Before 1960 or so only about 10% of all 18 year olds went on to college. It was just assumed, and I believe subsequent experience has amply prooved, that only this small fraction of young people could be called “college material.”


18 posted on 08/21/2013 2:40:20 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: JeffAdams_MI

Families in other countries go to great lengths to send their kids to the US to attend college but they don’t want a damned thing to do with our high schools. No one ever asks why. Not even in the posh suburbs. Probably because while US parents (the ones you can dare to care)and students spend years focusing on football, soccer, wrestling and marching band, the parents in other countries are getting their kids ready to eat the lunch of the american kids’ in math and science.


19 posted on 08/21/2013 2:47:23 PM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: JeffAdams_MI

But they can put a condom on a cucumber.


20 posted on 08/21/2013 2:51:20 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

No question that the majority of Americans are content to engage in narcissistic self gratifying activities, will never realize their potential and make marginal if any contribution to the greater good. It has been the genius of productive capitalism that engaged individuals with talent and ambition can accomplish great things that enhance the culture. Of course Obama and his socialist commissars with their “you didn’t build that” mentality are trying mightily to put an end to even that.


21 posted on 08/21/2013 3:57:03 PM PDT by allendale
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To: JeffAdams_MI

The ACT is not taken by all students, but by those seriously considering college, making this report even more depressing.


22 posted on 08/21/2013 4:37:49 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Catmom
Before 1960 or so only about 10% of all 18 yr olds went on to college.

Not only that, college was tough. Even in the mid-'60s, unless you could take a full course load and pass, you didn't get to stay. It was pretty much a full-time job to do well.

The question that has no answer is why poorly qualified students would get into college, be offered loans, and accept them. Students should be accountable for what they do or don't do in HS. Until that happens, achievement isn't going to happen.

FWIW, the top 5% or so is more qualified than ever. The intelligent, motivated students understand that they have to be incredibly well qualified to get into colleges and courses that aren't a waste of time.

23 posted on 08/21/2013 4:52:08 PM PDT by grania
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