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One in three students not ready for college, says report

September 30, 2003

Less than one-third of high school graduates are prepared for college work, says a report by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think-tank. In evaluating the Class of 2001, researchers noted that just 70 percent of high school students graduate, and just 32 percent prepare for college by taking college-prep courses and passing state exit exams.
September 30, 2003

Less than one-third of high school graduates are prepared for college work, says a report by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think-tank. In evaluating the Class of 2001, researchers noted that just 70 percent of high school students graduate, and just 32 percent prepare for college by taking college-prep courses and passing state exit exams.

The rates are significantly lower for some minority students. Researchers found that 20 percent of black students and 16 percent of Hispanic students are prepared for college, compared with 37 percent of whites and 38 percent of Asians. The study's authors conclude that to be effective, educators and policymakers need to improve the educational process before college, instead of focusing on financial aid and affirmative action programs.
From: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 17, 2003