Only 31 percent of high school teachers think their school’s graduates are ready for college, reports the Deloitte 2010 Education Survey. But 68 percent of current college students say they were “prepared” or “very prepared” for college coursework. Still, in their second year of college or beyond, as many as 28 percent were taking remedial courses.
Only 13 percent of high school teachers receive any information from official sources on how well their school’s graduates do in college: 92 percent say they don’t have the data they need to understand students’ college-preparation needs. If more information was available, 83 percent of teachers said they would use it to improve subject matter, and 78 percent would use it to plan coursework.
Many high school graduates go to nearby community colleges and state universities. It shouldn’t be that hard for school districts to find out how their students are doing. If B students end up in remedial classes, for instance, there’s a problem. What writing skills or history knowledge would college professors like to see in their students?