ACT: 1 in 3 Students Not Ready for College
A third miss benchmark in all 4 of test's categories
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The company that conducts the annual ACT tests for high school seniors has some pretty bleak numbers about this year's results. The big one is that 31% missed the minimum benchmark in all four of the test's categories: English, science, math, and reading, reports the AP. Theoretically, that means they're not ready for college-level work in any of those areas. Some other highlights:

  • Only 26% were ready in all four of those subjects. Among black students, that percentage sinks to 5%. Other groups: Asian-Americans, 43%; whites, 33%; Hispanics, 14%; and American Indians,10%.
  • Students' interests don't seem to mesh with projected jobs. For instance, only 6% were interested in the field of education, though 17% of job openings are projected to be in that field in 2020; only 2% are interested in the computer and IT fields, versus a projected 11% of job openings.
"The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired," says the president of the testing company. (A Jezebel blogger, however, blames biased standardized tests.)

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Even-Steven
Aug 22, 2013 2:22 PM CDT
Theres a couple intersecting things going on here. 1. Kiddies don't want the jobs available to work place (Parenting not teaching them to appreciate just having work and not wrapping their identities up in a job; family religion etc being more important). 2. 31%, that's one in three for those of you from Chicago, can't pass the darn test. (Liberal education nationwide is showing how it is failing our kids. Too busy teaching these brats about how important they are instead of focusing on what they need to learn to succeed at the next level of schooling). We need more STEM or this country is screwed.
clmsman
Aug 22, 2013 2:12 PM CDT
No surprises there I just saw a judge ask a HS kid how far a 1/2 mile was in feet he could not answer the question. What are they teaching these kids in school they can't add without a device they can't speak in complete sentences and they know nothing about the world. Teachers always bitch about not getting paid enough but as I see they are producing an inferior product. I saw a HS girl in a dry cleaner have to use a calculator to add 1.50 four times a feat that my brain hardly took a fraction of a second to figure out.
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Aug 22, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
You put picture of men for this article?! Men don't attending collage anymore. They are being displaced by rules and policies 'Jazabel bloggers' are making. Blame patriarchy one more time, I dare you. http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2011/gender-gap-in-education.aspx http://www.nber.org/digest/jan07/w12139.html