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Closing the gap: High school requirements vs. college expectations

December 9, 2003


According to Education Trust, a nonprofit group that promotes academic achievement in higher education, one in four freshmen drop out, and one in two at two-year colleges dont return. It has become obvious that many high school graduates are not prepared to succeed in college.
December 9, 2003


According to Education Trust, a nonprofit group that promotes academic achievement in higher education, one in four freshmen drop out, and one in two at two-year colleges don't return. It has become obvious that many high school graduates are not prepared to succeed in college.

Some experts blame gaps between the requirements for high school graduation and college admission. For example, in Washington state, students must complete two years of math, but the state's colleges won't admit them without at least three years. More than 20 states have joined a “K-16” network, according to the Seattle Times, working locally and nationally to coordinate learning at all grade levels.

Experts add that higher education officials need to clarify their expectations of prospective students and encourage high school educators to emphasize problem-solving, creativity, classroom debating skills and increasing levels of academic rigor.