College Ready or Not: Actual Readiness of Graduating High School Students

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After years of education from K-12 there is still the question if a high school senior is academically prepared for college. Furthermore, it may be understandable for a concerned parent to pose this question but what about the student? In a survey of W.VA seniors, MMM MMM points out that “12.4 percent of survey respondents said they felt ‘very prepared’ for college, while . . . 10.7 percent felt they were ‘not prepared at all” (8). In these long years of education we expect students to be ready, but what does it mean to be ready for college? Needless to say, there is an issue with high school students being prepared for college. But in order to classify someone as being ready for college or not we have to come to a common understanding of …show more content…
Standardized test are good tools to help determine if a student is ready for college to a certain degree, but can it fully determine how well a student will do in college? Take into consideration that a student can be an excellent test taker but could also be a procrastinator, which can make him/her not ready for college. Versus a student that has the determination to become successful and is very hard working, but becomes nervous when he/she has to take a test that could determine his/hers future successfulness in life.
There are an endless amount of arguments against standardized testing such as ACT or SAT, but one of the most popular is that some students are just not good test takers. While other critics “argue the exam serves better as an indicator of a family’s income level than as a predictor of a student’s future success” (LU 8). A more simple but powerful argument may be that a single test cannot determine the full knowledge he/she has accumulated over twelve years or more in school. Other critics of standardized test use statistics and state: “19 percent of 2011 high school graduates who took the ACT and were considered college-ready in at least three or four subject areas tested never enrolled or didn’t return for a second year of college” (Adams 5). All things considered, there are almost always other influences that can

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