Even the college ready don’t always succeed

Ten percent of college-ready high school graduates don’t enroll in college and another 9 percent don’t make it to the second year, according to ACT’s 2013 Reality of College Readiness Report. As many as 43 percent of all ACT test takers in the class of 2011 were not enrolled in college in fall 2012.

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  1. I wonder how much of this ties back to the infantilism that we force on children today, especially from the middle school through high school period. High school graduates, as a group, have never been reasonable opportunities to made decisions (and sometimes make bad ones, and pay the consequences).

    Off to college, without mom’s and the school’s constant micromanaging, and the results are predictable. I’m surprised that the fail rate isn’t higher than it’s being reported.

  2. Cranberry says:

    Is college completion the only permissible success?

    How many students enlisted upon the completion of high school? Entered a trade school? Took a gap year? Found paid employment?

    Until the debate includes those figures, it’s not an honest discussion.

  3. As many as 43 percent of all ACT test takers in the class of 2011 were not enrolled in college in fall 2012

    Let’s remember that some states require the ACT as a graduation requirement as well. So this number has to be taken with a large grain of salt. Many of these kids are taking the ACT simply to get the HS diploma and have no intention of going to college.

    • ACT does report on students who take a gap year or other non-traditional paths and college-ready students who never enroll in college and those who quit in the first year. In states that don’t require high school students to take the ACT, 33 percent of ACT takers — presumably students interested in applying to a selective college — are not enrolled in college a year after graduation.

      • Bill (a different one) says:


        Never mind the fact that only one in four high school graduates who took the ACT were actually prepared to handle college level coursework (by their assessment, that is, the ACT).