Only a quarter of students who take college-prep classes are well prepared for college, according to “Rigor at Risk,” a new study of last year’s high school graduates by ACT. The New York Times reports:
The study predicted whether the students had a good chance of scoring C or better in introductory college courses, based on their test scores and the success rates of past test takers.
The study concluded that only 26 percent were ready for college-level work in all four core areas, while 19 percent were not adequately prepared in any of them.
Only 54 percent of students who took the ACT exam said they’d taken the core curriculum. Those who’d taken fewer college-prep courses were very poorly prepared: “Only 14 percent were judged ready for college work in all four subject areas, while 36 percent were not prepared in any.”
Students who took the right classes, passed and aren’t prepared have been cheated. And just look at all the kids who thought they could go to college without taking even the minimum prep classes. Well, they can go. But they’re not likely to earn a degree.