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June 5, 2013

Many Well-Prepared US High School Grads Don't Enroll/Persist in College

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Nearly one in five 2011 U.S. high school graduates who were prepared to succeed in first-year college coursework either never enrolled in college or didn't return for a second year, according to national and state-specific reports from ACT entitled The Reality of College Readiness 2013.

The data show 19 percent of college-ready, ACT-tested 2011 graduates were not enrolled in a two- or four-year college a little more than a year later, in the fall of 2012, including 10 percent who had never enrolled. Those data are based on graduates who had achieved the ACT College Readiness Benchmark scores on at least three of the four sections (English, math, reading and science) of the ACT® college readiness exam, suggesting they were ready for success in first-year college coursework in core subject areas from an academic standpoint.

"Academic readiness is vital to college success, but other factors such as self-discipline, financial stress and effective educational planning can also have an impact," said Steve Kappler, head of postsecondary strategy for ACT. "It's important for students to find the right college, be aware of financial aid opportunities and ensure their major matches their personal interests, among other things. We need to pay attention to multiple dimensions of readiness in helping students achieve their educational goals."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 5, 2013 12:01 AM
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