Coming Up Short: High School Students

Coming Up Short: High School Students
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    Your high school student is ready for college, right?

    Well, not so fast.

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SAT benchmark reveals holes in college preparation.

A recently released report from the College Board has revealed that just 43 percent of 2012 graduated students that took the SAT finished high school with the level of academic preparedness that should translate into college success.

College Readiness

The SAT Report on College & Career Readiness indicates that 57 percent of students will have difficulty maintaining a B-minus average or better in college during their freshman year. A higher grade point average often correlates with student retention, with those falling below the SAT benchmark more likely to quit college.

Offering comment about the report was College Board President Gaston Capteron. Said Caperton, “This report should serve as a call to action to expand access to rigor for more students. Our nation’s future depends on the strength of our education system. When less than half of kids who want to go to college are prepared to do so, that system is failing. We must make education a national priority and deliver rigor to more students.”

Success Indicator

The College Board states that an SAT score of 1550 or higher indicates that students have a 65 percent chance of maintaining at least a B-minus average or higher in their freshman year. Board data indicates that students that complete a core curriculum and enroll in an honors program or take Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses usually perform better on the SAT.

The SAT reflects student readiness and those that excel in high school generally do very well on the test. Those students that leave high school prepared for college should also do very well in college and are more likely to graduate.

Advanced Classes

The study revealed several important points about preparing for college. Those students that complete a high school core curriculum scored on average 144 points more on the SAT than those that did not complete the curriculum. The differences rise to 294 points for students that took AP or honors math versus those that did not. A 251 point difference is seen for students who took AP or honors English versus those who did not. In natural science, the difference is 284 points for AP students.

More students are taking the SAT than ever before with 1.66 million students in the class of 2012 taking this college readiness test. The College Board has seen a net increase in test taking of 6 percent from 2008 to 2012, with critical reading scores falling by four percent, writing scores down by 5 percent and mathematics scores remaining stable. The SAT along with the ACT are two entrance exams many colleges and universities require with both offering a good measurement of where high school students are today and what they need to do to prepare for college.

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