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ERIC Number: ED511829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 51
Mind the Gaps: How College Readiness Narrows Achievement Gaps in College Success
ACT, Inc.
This report discusses factors that contribute to lower college success rates among underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students and students from lower-income families. The report also shows that "racial/ethnic and family income gaps in college success rates narrow substantially among students who are ready for college." Everyone needs to ensure that all students, including underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students and students from lower-income families, have access to high school coursework that is of sufficient depth and intensity to adequately prepare them for college and career. They also need to ensure that these students receive better guidance to eliminate the discrepancies that exist between their educational aspirations and the high school coursework they plan to complete to be prepared to meet these aspirations. Policymakers and educators have the power to help these students substantially narrow the achievement gaps that currently prevent students from taking full advantage of the college experience. With this goal in mind, the results of this research suggest the following recommendations: (1) Close the gap between student aspirations and high school course plans by ensuring that all students take at least a core curriculum in high school; (2) Close the gap in the alignment of high school courses with college and career readiness standards by focusing high school core courses on the essential standards for college and career readiness; and (3) Close the gap in the quality of high school courses across schools by offering all students rigorous high school core courses that cover the essential knowledge and skills needed for college and career readiness in sufficient depth and intensity. An appendix is included. (Contains 1 table, 31 figures, and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.