[Paleopsych] CHE: High-School Graduates Are Poorly Prepared for Work or College, Survey Finds
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High-School Graduates Are Poorly Prepared for Work or College, Survey Finds
News bulletin from the Chronicle of Higher Education, 5.2.7
By MICHELLE DIAMENT
As many as 4 in 10 high-school graduates are not ready for the demands
that they face after graduation, whether they are going to college or
to work, according to survey findings scheduled for release today.
Achieve Inc., a nonprofit organization created by state governors and
business leaders that focuses on raising academic standards, surveyed
recent high-school graduates, employers, and college instructors about
the preparedness of young people entering college or the work force.
The poll of 2,200 people was conducted in December and January.
According to a report based on the survey, college instructors thought
that the recent graduates' greatest deficiencies were in writing and
mathematics. Students largely concurred, with 81 percent saying they
approved of graduation tests in math and English.
Many students who responded to the survey indicated that it was easy
to slide by in high school, but said they would have worked harder if
more had been asked of them, said Geoff Garin, one of the pollsters.
In particular, students pointed to academic counseling and course
requirements as areas to bolster.
One of the governors involved in the organization is Gov. Bob Taft of
Ohio. "This survey should be a real wake-up call to the governors
around the country," said Mr. Taft, a Republican. "We're hearing a
clear message from our graduates that we do them no favors if we set
the bar for performance too low."
Socioeconomic circumstances were not a decisive factor for success,
Mr. Garin said. Rather a high level of expectation proved essential
for graduates no matter what their goals, he said, because many of the
same skills now are necessary for both work-bound students and those
continuing their education.
The full text of the report, "Rising to the Challenge: Are High-School
Graduates Prepared for College and Work?," is available on Achieve's
Background articles from The Chronicle:
* Undergraduates Study Much Less Than Professors Expect, Survey
of Student 'Engagement' Says (11/15/2004)
* Core Curricula in High Schools Provide Inadequate Preparation
for College Work, Report Says (10/15/2004)
* Report Being Sent to High Schools Outlines What College
Freshmen Need to Know to Succeed (4/22/2003)
* High Schools Fail to Prepare Many Students for College,
Stanford Study Says (3/5/2003)
* 'Report Card' on States and Higher Education Finds Better
Student Preparation, Mixed Opportunities (10/2/2002)
* Report Finds the Majority of U.S. Students Not Prepared for
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