What does it mean to be college ready? Does it mean you got a good score on a test? Does it mean you can adequately navigate the system and skate through? Or should it mean that your basic educational foundation is strong as well as your critical thinking skills?
“Most students aren’t ready for college, ACT data show”“Most students are not adequately prepared to face the rigor of college, according to the latest ACT scores, which also show that the average composite score on the college-entrance exam fell from last year”.
“That composite score dropped to 20.9 among high school students in 2013, the lowest in eight years. Since 2006, scores had been relatively flat at about 21.1, on a scale where 36 is perfect”.
“The report released today by the Iowa City, Iowa-based organization found just 39 percent of test-takers in the class of 2013 met three or more of the ACT college-readiness benchmarks in English, reading, science, and math. Nearly one-third did not meet any”.
Read the rest: http://hechingerreport.org/content/most-students-arent-ready-for-college-act-data-show_12951/
Not everyone is going to, or wants to go to college, that makes sense because college as a whole is not easy or convenient. However, being college ready should be something for everyone because no matter what your career path, you will need to be receptive to training. Being in the military involves training, being a welder involves training, being a mechanic involves training, etc.
Obviously, the college readiness issue starts before high school, and so the question should be: how are we handling this in the best interest of students? Are we politicizing the issue or are we taking action? Are we working together or working apart?
It is all about the student, so let us think of life readiness rather than college readiness because it should be the same thing.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III