ACT Reports 1 in 3 High School Grads Unprepared for College English, Math and Science

Last week, the ACT released disconcerting data about the quality of a typical high school education in America. Of the 54% of high school graduates who took the college entrance exam, 1 in 3 were not prepared for any college-level coursework requiring English, science, math or reading skills (the 4 sections of the ACT). The other 2 out of 3 students met the standards for at least one section.

Only 1 in 4 students passed the standard bar set in all four subjects. Scores beneath this bar imply that a student would need to take remedial courses in college simply to pass their classes.

Breakdown by subject:

  • 64% met the English benchmark for success in college composition
  • 36% met the Science benchmark for success in a college biology course
  • 44% met the Math benchmark for success in a college algebra course
  • 44% met the Reading benchmark for success in an intro social science course

The article suggests that many of the students who did not achieve the benchmark were mere points away and that the situation could be remedied with a little further instruction and motivation.


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