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ERIC Number: ED499160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Ready to Succeed: All Students Prepared for College and Work
ACT, Inc.
The nation's social and economic future depends on the ability to increase the percentage of students who leave high school ready for college and work. The workplace is changing and demanding a higher level of skills than ever before. Though more and more young adults realize the importance of higher education and aspire to continue their education after high school, many of them are not prepared to do so. Nearly 75 percent of U.S. high school graduates enroll in college within two years of graduation, yet only 56 percent of 2005 high school graduates who took the ACT[R] test took a core preparatory curriculum in high school. Among those who report taking a core high school curriculum--four or more years of English and three or more years each of math, social sciences, and natural sciences--a significant number are still not prepared to succeed in credit-bearing first-year courses. The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and their descriptive standards, presented in this document, can be used by secondary and postsecondary educators to define what students need to know and be able to do to be ready to enter college or a career. The benchmarks can be used by states to define expectations for all students, regardless of whether they are going on to postsecondary education or workforce training programs after high school. These benchmarks also can be used by colleges to communicate the expectations they have of their entering students. The readiness benchmarks can be used by secondary educators to evaluate their curricular alignment and course content to ensure their high school courses are emphasizing the type and sequence of rigorous skills students need to have learned by the time they graduate from high school. (Contains 5 tables, figure, and 7 footnotes.)
ACT, Inc. 500 ACT Drive, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. Tel: 319-337-1270; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA.