At Chicago’s Robeson High, motivated, hard-working students may get A’s in honors classes — and then fail in college. From Chicago Public Radio:
Sarah has great school attendance and does her homework without carrot-like incentives from teachers or parents. Sarah’s GPA is a 3.5 and she’s ranked 13th in her class. She wants to go to college and would be the first in her family to do so. But Robeson isn’t a college-prep school. The average ACT score is 14 out of 36 – a score too low for most colleges.
Robeson senior counselor Bonnie Miah admits the school’s curriculum is not college ready.
MIAH: And they get to college and it’s like a deer in a headlight. And I tell them all the time that Robeson has not prepared you for this step.
Students with “soft skills,” such as motivation and determination, may earn high grades despite low test scores, says Dave Johnson of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.
Then they get to college without the academic skills they need to survive.