Eighth graders who are “far off track” for college readiness have little chance of catching up by 12th grade, ACT reports. Fewer than 10 percent hit college readiness benchmarks.
“Far off track” fourth graders rarely catch up by eighth grade.
The report focuses on at-risk students — low-income, special education, black and Hispanic — who are more likely to fall way behind and even less likely to catch up than their classmates.
To narrow achievement gaps, ACT recommends teaching a “content- and vocabulary-rich curriculum beginning in the early grades” in all subjects.