Why Can't We Get it Right in Education?
Source: Many Going to College Are Not Ready, Report Says - New York Times
posted by James at 4:08 PM
Those benchmarks seem rather high, when compared to what most colleges require. I remember when a cousin was happy that she had scored an 18 or 19 on the ACT, and that meant she could go to school. Perhaps if colleges raised their standards those benchmarks would have more meaning?Full disclosure: I got a 31, with a high-water mark in the reading section of 34.
I'm not sure how they come about the benchmarks but my guess is that they're about at the median of what a "reasonably" prepared student should be able to do (how that's determined I have no clue.) While there are questions associated with the ACT assertions here, clearly, what's being said does fit with what I'm seeing from other sources also tracking the issue of whether students heading off to college are prepared or not, with the consensus being clearly on the "not" side. My feeling is that if the college's ratcheted up their ACT standards we'd likely have a lot more people not making the cut, and until we have a clear line between what secondary institutions do and what teriary institutions and employers want, we're going to continue to have this problem.
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