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ACT: 3/4 Of HS Graduates Lack ‘Adequate Skills’

From the Associated Press:

ACT: Only quarter of grads ready for all subjects

By PHILIP ELLIOTT | August 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a quarter of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests have the reading, math, English and science skills they need to succeed in college or a career, according to data the testing company released Wednesday.

The numbers are even worse for black high school graduates: Only 5 percent are fully ready for life after high school.

The ACT are clearly racist tests.

The results, part of ACT’s annual report, indicate thousands of students graduate from high schools without the knowledge necessary for the next steps in life…

"The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired," said Jon Erickson, president of the Iowa-based company’s education division…

Under ACT’s definition, a young adult is ready to start college or trade school if he or she has the knowledge to succeed without taking remedial courses. Success is defined as the student’s having a 75 percent chance of earning a C grade and a 50 percent chance of earning a B, based on results on each of the four ACT subject areas, which are measured on a scale from 1 to 36 points.

Of all ACT-tested high school graduates this year, 64 percent met the English benchmark of 18 points. In both reading and math, 44 percent of students met the readiness threshold of 22 points. In science, 36 percent scored well enough to be considered ready for a college biology course, or 23 points.

Only 26 percent of students met the benchmarks for all four sections of the ACT test.

About 69 percent of test takers met at least one of the four subject-area standards. That means 31 percent of all high school graduates who took the ACT were not ready for college coursework requiring English, reading, math or science skills…

When the testing agency broke down the results by race, fault lines emerged. Just 5 percent of black students are ready for college work in all four areas. Among American Indians, 10 percent are ready in all subjects, while 14 percent of Hispanics are ready. Pacific Islanders post a 19 percent readiness rate for all four subjects. White students have a 33 percent rate, and 43 percent of Asian-American students are ready for studies in all four subjects…

Students from all racial backgrounds did best in English and worst in science.

Some states and school districts have begun requiring more students to take the tests. About 22 percent more students took the ACT test in 2013 than in 2009. In the past four years, ACT has increased its share of the test market, climbing from 45 percent of high school graduates in 2009 to 54 percent this year…

The ACTs won’t be popular for long if they keep putting out reports like this.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “ACT: 3/4 Of HS Graduates Lack ‘Adequate Skills’”

  1. untrainable says:

    Students from all racial backgrounds did best in English and worst in science. The science stat doesn’t surprise me, but they did best in English? Really? They must really suck hind teat at science and math.

    I can’t remember the last time I even heard about a HS aged kid who could speak the language properly, much less understand grammar, sentence structure, or punctuation beyond using it to create emoticons. I know people speaking English as a second language who speak better than any HS kid I know.

    I wonder if reading cursive is part of the ACTs.

  2. untrainable says:

    If only 25% graduate with the necessary skills, why are the other 75% graduating at all? Also, if only 25% of students have the skills to compete in life or in college, why do they tell every kid to go to college? Why does it never occur to ANYONE that some kids are just stupid? We’ve all met them out there on the street. We’ve all seen them at work. We’ve all been behind them in traffic. Some people are just STUPID.

    I wonder how the teachers would fare on those same tests. Hmmmm.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      If it makes you feel better, only 1/2 of all students took the test. So its really more like 1/8 of all students who have a 75% chance of being a C student in college. Gee, what a low bar.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    NAACP can point the finger at whitey for not allowing ebonics into classrooms.
    NEA can proudly hold its heads high for failing Americans youth. It was always
    about the money and and more money and more money.
    Government and education
    Vinager and oil
    Obama and Christians

  4. Noyzmakr says:

    The progressives hundred years plan is working to perfection.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    I can read Cursive.


  6. Chrispbass says:

    Deliberate Dumbing Down of America


    Fascinating how our educational system changed in the ’30s. Fascinating who helped fund it.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Ho ho! Had not seen this. Thank you very much, Chrisp. Will study at length this weekend. But I can see, already, the author is going to scorch the hide off the demons responsible. Again, thank you for the URL

  7. mr_bill says:

    “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future…”

  8. Astravogel says:

    Get the Government out of our children’s education, our bedrooms,
    our Internet, our cell phones, our economy, our money, and things
    might get better, Especially our children’s education. Teachers spend
    more time working for the Government than they do working with the
    kids. Just GET OUT!

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