ERIC Number: ED491591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Ready for College and Ready for Work: Same or Different?
American College Testing (ACT), Inc.
Results of a new ACT study provide empirical evidence that, whether planning to enter college or workforce training programs after graduation, high school students need to be educated to a comparable level of readiness in reading and mathematics. Graduates need this level of readiness if they are to succeed in college-level courses without remediation and to enter workforce training programs ready to learn job-specific skills. The study results convey an important message to U.S. high school educators and high school students: All high school students should be educated according to a common academic expectation, one that prepares them for both postsecondary education and the workforce. Only then--whether they are among the two-thirds who enter college directly after graduation or those who enter workforce training programs--will they be ready for life after high school. Although the contexts within which these expectations are taught and assessed may differ, the level of expectation for all students must be the same. Anything less will not give high school graduates the foundation of academic skills they will need to learn additional skills as their jobs change or as they change jobs throughout their careers. The results of this study provide ample evidence that we must move the agenda for high school redesign in a direction that will prepare all students for success no matter which path they choose after graduation. (Contains 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Readiness, Postsecondary Education, Noncollege Bound Students, College Bound Students, High School Students, Vocational Education, Labor Force Development, Job Training, Reading Skills, Mathematics Skills
ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Web site: http://www.act.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.