Why wait for junior year? An 8th-grade PSAT exam will be introduced in 2010. The idea is to identify students with college potential before they start high school. But wouldn’t their middle-school grades be a tip off?
Only 22 percent of students who take the ACT are prepared to pass college English, reading, math and science. If they’d been tested in eighth grade, would the 78 percent have worked harder? Or would they have given up on college?