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Put on Your Happy Face
Campus Report ^ | August 26, 2008 | Bethany Stotts

Posted on 08/26/2008 9:21:53 AM PDT by bs9021

Put On Your Happy Face

by: Bethany Stotts, August 26, 2008

Less than one quarter of high school graduates who took the ACT have a 50% probability of getting a B in all four college-level subject areas of math, English, reading, and science, test results from the American College Testing Program (ACT) show.

“This year’s results, released Wednesday, reveal that more than three in four test-takers will likely need remedial help in at least one subject to succeed in college,” wrote the Associated Press on August 13.

Previous statistics, released this July, indicated that about 60% of America’s community college students are taking remedial courses, according to the Washington Examiner. In Maryland’s Prince George’s County, 83% of community college students were taking remedial courses, they report.

In contrast, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a subsidiary of the Department of Education, found in a 2003-2004 survey that approximately 36% of first- and second-year college students had taken remedial courses. (The authors argued that these were artificially low numbers, given that the information was self-reported by students and restricted to the first two years).

Attending a community college doubled students’ likelihood of taking a remedial course in this study, with only 27.6% of first- or second-year students attending four-year colleges taking remedial courses, compared to 42.9% of those at community colleges, reported the NCES.

This year the ACT boasted record levels of participation. With 1.4 million students tested, the scores now provide a way to judge the academic proficiency of nearly half (43%) of this year’s high-school graduates.

Students’ average composite score dropped this year from 21.2 to 21.1 on a 36-point scale, and the number of students passing all four benchmarks dropped by one percent.

Much contention remains over the reasons behind this drop in college readiness....

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TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: academia; achievementgap; acts; education; proficiency; publicschools

1 posted on 08/26/2008 9:21:53 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021

As with everything else run by Democrats, our education system isn’t working. Hasn’t worked since the 1950’s. Anyone hoping for change will be slapped down hard by Obama and his union friends.

2 posted on 08/26/2008 9:43:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: ClearCase_guy
our education system isn’t working.

Your point is well taken for us conservatives. But for liberals your point is incorrect. The education system is doing exactly what they intended it to do - produce a lumpenproletariat that is easily manipulated and controlled. That is certainly working.

3 posted on 08/26/2008 9:55:44 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

True enough.

4 posted on 08/26/2008 9:57:43 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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